21 September 2006 05:26 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Maoming Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Chinese petrochemical major Sinopec, restarted its low-density polyethylene (ldPE) unit on Thursday, company sources said.
The 100,000 tonnes/year ldPE unit at Maoming, Guangdong province was shut in early September due to a minor technical fault and a lack of ethylene feedstock.
The company was able to divert ethylene from a shut high-density PE (hdPE) unit to restart the ldPE unit, sources said.
It plans to restart the 350,000 tonnes/year hdPE unit on Friday, after shutting it on Wednesday, one source said, adding that the restart would depend on whether the new cracker can produce on-spec ethylene.ICIS news previously reported that the company was unable to get on-spec ethylene from its new 640,000 tonnes/year cracker, which started up on 16 September. The unit was operating at a low rate and production was still unsteady.
The company was also having technical problems with a pellet machine at its 170,000 tonnes/year linear low-density PE (lldPE) unit. The unit was producing on-spec powder material.
Its 160,000 tonnes/year polypropylene (PP) unit was shut earlier to provide feedstock for its new PP unit. It was unclear when it will be restarted.
Maoming Petrochemical earlier started up its new units comprising a 300,000 tonnes/year PP unit and a 150,000 tonnes/year butadiene unit.
The company has also raised its benzene, toluene and mixed xylenes (BTX) capacity to 460,000 tonnes/year from 150,000 tonnes/year, and is building a 250,000 tonnes/year ldPE unit that will start up in the first quarter of 2007.
Jade Xu contributed to this article.
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