01 March 2002 01:29 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (CNI)-- Shell Chemicals told CNI on Friday that it is in discussions with potential offtaker Atofina for styrene monomer (SM) from the Anglo-Dutch company's 560 000 tonne/year project in Huizhou, Guangdong, China.
A Shell spokesman added that it is also looking for other customers, in addition to Atofina.
French major Atofina earlier told CNI that it is considering building a polystyrene (PS) project in China, but declined to comment on whether the project would be built downstream of Shell's Nanhai cracker project. The company also declined to comment on a report that the PS project would have a capacity of 300 000 tonne/year.
Shell is planning to build an SM facility as one of the plants downstream of its Nanhai cracker complex. The cracker complex, which will be built jointly with China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), is expected to start up in stages in 2005-06.
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