03 February 2005 05:51 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (CNI)--BASF-Yangzi Petrochemicals Co (YPC) plans to start production at its new 600 000 tonne/year ethylene cracker in Nanjing by end-April, a company source told CNI on Thursday.
The BASF-YPC project would be China's second new cracker to come on stream in 2005 after BP-Secco's 900 000 tonne/year cracker in Shanghai.
The start-up date was in line with the commercial operation date set for June.
As the new BASF-YPC cracker is linked via pipeline to YPC's existing 650 000 tonne/year cracker, market sources said that ethylene could initially be fed via this route for the purpose of starting up the new unit.
The cracker could be expanded by another 200 000 tonnes/year in the future, a market source said.
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Joie Xu contributed to this story.
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