Inspection of fire-stricken FPG plant delayed: official

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–Arrangements for a health check of Formosa Plastic Group (FPG) production facilities have been progressing mostly smoothly, despite a delay in the examination of a key plant, a company executive said yesterday.

The examination of the FPG’s fire-damaged naphtha cracker plant in Mailiao, Yunlin County, has been rescheduled to start a month later than originally planned, according to the Central News Agency. Asked to comment on the delay, Wang Jui-hua, vice president of the FPG, said it is more important to get things done. She said overall arrangements for the health check of FPG plants have been “not bad.” Wang was speaking ahead of a meeting with officials from the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) to finalize the inspection schedule. The FPG has been given a deadline by the government to check aging facilities of its group companies, after the naphtha cracker plant — run by the Formosa Petrochemical Corporation (FPCC) — was hit by a series of fires since last year. Four FPG companies, including FPCC, have selected four plants each for the one-year health check program. The plants will take turns suspending their operations to make way for the examinations during the year.

The FPG also has plans to spend NT$12 billion to renew the pipelines of the Mailiao naphtah cracker plant in Yunlin County, said Chen Pao-lang, who became chairman of the FPCC last month.

The FPCC has been undergoing a management change to tackle the Mailiao plant’s problems. It will soon appoint a new president, according to Chen.