China’s Fujian Refining delays PE, PP commercial runs

16 June 2009 11:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co has pushed back the start of commercial production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) at its new petrochemical complex at Quanzhou, in southern China, due to technical issues, company sources said on Tuesday.

“We’re still testing the extruders and will be testing the reactors after that, and we can’t start commercial production until these tests are completed,” one of the sources said.

A second source said: “The commercial production is likely to be in the second half of July or August.”

Fujian Refining had originally planned to start polymer trial runs in March. Commercial production was first scheduled for May before being pushed back to the first half of July.

The Quanzhou petrochemical complex includes a 400,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) plant, a 400,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant and a 400,000 tonne/year PP plant.

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

Fujian Refining a joint venture of ExxonMobil (25%), 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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