NAPHTHA CRACKER STARTS UP IN TAIWAN

Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC), Taipei, is operating near capacity at a new worldscale naphtha cracking plant at Taiwan's 425,000 b/cd Kaohsiung refinery. Kaohsiung'$400,000 metric ton/year No. 5 naphtha plant began producing specification ethylene within 17 hr of receiving first feed and achieved desired purity of all major products by Feb. 16, At last report, CPC was slowly increasing plant throughput. State owned CPC is Taiwan's leading ethylene producer. The company also oversees

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