20 May 2009 04:53 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--China’s Shanghai Petrochemical Co expects mechanical completion of its 600,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) unit by July, and commercial production could start by September or October, company sources said on Wednesday.
The project was supposed to have started up last year, but had been pushed back to 2009 due to reasons ranging from the delay of equipment delivery to feedstock issues.
"As far as we know, construction should be done by around July and we can start carrying out tests and running the plant,” said one of the sources.
Another source said most of the PX to be produced would be for captive use by the company’s own purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant downstream.
Excess volumes would be sold by Sinopec, the producer’s parent company, within the Chinese domestic market, including to other Sinopec-owned companies such as Yangzi Petrochemical and Yizheng Chemical Fiber.
Shanghai Petrochemical operates a 350,000 tonne/year PTA unit at the company’s base at Jinshan in eastern ?xml:namespace>
The PTA line would be taken offline later this year for a three-week shutdown, possibly in August or September, in order to integrate it with the new PX facility, said the second source.
The Jinshan PTA unit was originally slated to be shut in May.
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