Typhoon largely spares southern China petrochemical plants

06 August 2009 12:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Petrochemical plants across southern China have largely been spared from the effects of Typhoon Goni, which made landfall on 5 August, industry sources said on Thursday.

BP Zhuhai plans to restart its 900,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) line in Guangdong province, southern China, on Thursday after shutting it down the previous day due to the typhoon, a company source said.

“The [line] was shut down yesterday, following the typhoon,” the source said.

“We’re trying to restart the line today,” the source added.

BP Zhuhai operates two PTA lines at Zhuhai. The second line, which has a nameplate capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year, was not affected by the typhoon, the source said.

Southern Chinese ethyl acetate/butyl acetate producer Jiangmen Handsome Chemical Development Ltd said the typhoon did not affect its plant operations.

“The typhoon made landfall [on 5 August] but it was a mild one, and there was no impact on our plant operations,” a company official from Jiangmen Handsome said in Mandarin, adding that there were no felled trees in sight.

The company operates a 300,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate/butyl acetate swing plant at Jiangmen, in Guangdong province.

Maoming Petrochemical said it was running its two crackers smoothly. “It is just raining now because the landed site of Goni was not here in Maoming,” a worker at the plant said.

Industry sources said the area affected by the typhoon does not have many petrochemical plants.

Another typhoon, Morakot, was expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains to Taiwan on 7 August.

Helen Lee and Dolly Wu contributed to this story

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By: Salmon Aidan Lee
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