Fujian JV delays refinery start-up commissioning

23 October 2008 11:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--The Fujian Refining & Petrochemical Co joint venture would delay the start-up of its 12m tonne/year refinery in Quanzhou, southeastern Fujian province, to the end of this year or early 2009, a company source said on Thursday.

"It has not started up and will still take time," a foreign official told ICIS news. The refinery had been due to start up in August.

"The refinery will be opened at the end of this year or early next year," another company source said in Mandarin.

The refinery, expanded from 4m tonnes/year, would be linked to a petrochemical complex that comprises an 800,000 tonne/year cracker and two polyethylene (PE) units, each with a capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year, and a 400,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit.

These downstream petrochemical plants are scheduled to come on stream in the first quarter of next year and the PE facility will be producing linear low density PE (LLDPE) and high density PE (HDPE).

The complex also includes an aromatics unit that will produce 260,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 700,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX) with toulene and xylene being by-products. This would start up in the next two months.

Fujian Refining, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinopec, owns 50% of the JV, while US oil major ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco hold 25% stakes each.

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