China FREP to start trial runs at new PP, PE units in April

26 March 2009 07:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China's Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co (FREP) will start trial production at its new 800,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) and 400,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) units at Quanzhou southern China in April, a company source said on Thursday.

"The polymer plants are scheduled to start commercial production in June," the source added.

The firm's original target was to start polymer trial runs in March and commercial production in May.

Earlier ICIS reported that FREP’ new 800,000 tonne/year cracker at the same site was expected to start up in June-July but the source said he did not know when the naphtha cracker would come on stream.

FREP is a joint venture of US oil major ExxonMobil (25%), oil kingpin Saudi Aramco (25%) and Fujian Petrochemical (50%).

Fujian Petrochemical is a 50:50 joint venture between the Fujian provincial government and Sinopec.

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