China's new BASF-YPC cracker set to start up in April

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.  

BASF-YPC will operate nine downstream plants at its site on the Yangtze River. The Nanjing complex will also include production units for 300 000 tonne/year of ethylene glycols (EG), 400 000 tonne/year of low density polyethylene (ldPE), 250 000 tonne/year of C4 oxo alcohols, 50 000 tonne/year of formic acid, 30 000 tonne/year of propionic acid, 30 000 tonne/year of methyl amines (MA) and 40 000 tonne/year of dimethyl formamide (DMF).

Joie Xu contributed to this story.

By: Steve Tan
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