China’s Dushanzi Petrochemical starts up new PP, PE plants

26 August 2009 08:13  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS news)--China’s Dushanzi Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, has started test runs at its new 550,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) and 900,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) facilities in mid August, a company source said on Wednesday.

"The commercial run of these plants will begin after the 1m tonne/year cracker starts to operate," the source said, citing that the company's new naphtha cracker is set to start up in mid September.

The polyethelene facilities include a 300,000 tonne/year HDPE unit and a 600,000 tonne/year LLDPE/HDPE swing plant.

Ethylene feedstock for the new polymer facilities is currently being sourced from Dushanzi Petrochemical's existing 220,000 tonne/year cracker at the same site, the source said.

The 550,000 tonne/year new PP plant and the 300,000 tonne/year HDPE unit run on Innovene technology, licensed by British company INEOS, while the 600,000 tonne/year LLDPE/HDPE swing plant uses the UNIPOL technology of US company Univation.

Dushanzi currently has 140,000 tonne/year PP and 200,000 tonne/year PE capacities.

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