China’s FREP delays cracker start up to H1 Aug - source

24 June 2009 05:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co (FREP) has delayed the start up of a new 800,000 tonne/year steam cracker to first half of August due to ongoing construction works, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

“The cracker is not ready,” he said in Mandarin, adding that it was initially slated to start up in June.

Commercial production at derivative polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) lines at the same site was also pushed back to second half July or August due to technical issues, company sources had said earlier.

The petrochemical complex in Quanzhou, southern China, 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.

FREP is 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 Chinese energy major Sinopec.

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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