China’s FREP to start HDPE, PP trial production next week

09 June 2009 03:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co (FREP) plans to start trial production at its high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) plant at Quanzhou in southern China next week, a company source said on Tuesday.

Both plants have 400,000 tonne/year capacity each of HDPE and PP.

“We’ve started trial production at our new linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant and have been selling trial products,” the source said with regards to its new 400,000 tonne/year LLDPE line.

All the polymer plants are part of an integrated petrochemical complex, which also includes an 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker.

However, the source declined to say exactly when the LLDPE plant started trial production.

FREP's original plan was to start polymer trial runs in March and commercial production was first scheduled in May before being pushed back to the first half of July.

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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