China’s FREP starts shipping aroms to customers

10 August 2009 04:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co (FREP) has started shipping products from its new aromatics complex at Quanzhou in China’s southern Fujian province, sources close to the company said on Monday.

“Some aromatics have been shipped to customers near us as well as to [nearby] Guangdong province,” said one of the sources based in Fujian.

A company spokesman did not deny the commercial sales of the complex’s products but said: “The new plant is in the phase of start-up; the whole new project is expected to go into full operation in the second half of this year.”

Other sources said that commercial production at the polyolefins unit had yet to start, but expected sales to begin at the end of the month.

The 800,000 tonne/year steam cracker was also running at low rates currently but was expected to reach optimal operations by the latter half of the month, sources said.

Besides the new cracker, the greenfield complex also includes facilities which can produce 260,000 tonnes of benzene, 700,000 tonnes of paraxylene and high density polyethylene (PE), linear low density PE and polypropylene of 400,000 tonnes annually.

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.

Ong Sheau Ling, Judith Wang and Dolly Wu contributed to this article

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