08 December 2005 01:55 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Chinese major PetroChina, could delay commercial production at its new polyethylene (PE) unit to the second quarter of 2006 due to insufficient ethylene feedstock, company sources said on Thursday.
The company completed construction work on a 300,000 tonne/year high-density PE (hdPE) unit in Jilin, Jilin province, in October. The plant had started trial runs, but one source said there was insufficient ethylene from the company’s newly expanded cracker to feed the unit.
The cracker’s capacity was raised to 700,000 tonne/year from 380,000 tonne/year in October. But the company could not ramp up operating rates to full capacity as the temperature in Jilin had fallen to below minus 20 degrees Celsius, said a second source. He could not explain how the temperature was affecting the cracker’s operations, and was unable to say what the current operating rate was.
Another source said the company’s new 50,000 tonne/year butadiene unit and 380,000 tonne/year benzene, toluene and mixed xylenes (BTX) unit, which also came onstream in October, were operating normally.
Joie Xu contributed to this story.
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