09 June 2009 08:01 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co (FREP) has started production at its 260,000 tonne/year benzene unit, market sources said on Tuesday.
The plant is part of the firm's 12m tonne/year refinery complex in Quanzhou, southeastern Fujian province.
It was unclear whether benzene production at the plant had commenced from mid-May or last week, traders said.
The firm’s benzene production was currently not for commercial sales in the Chinese domestic market, although it planned to do so in the future, traders added.
"The joint venture refining and chemical complex will be starting up in phases over the next few months. It is expected to go into full operation in the second half of this year," the company said in a statement to ICIS news.
The aromatics plant also produces 700,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX) with toluene and xylenes being the by-products.
Fujian Petrochemical is a 50:50 joint venture between the Fujian provincial government and Sinopec.
Judith Wang and Clive Ong contributed to this article
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