Shanghai Petrochem starts 600,000 tonne/year PX plant

08 October 2009 17:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Chinese producer Shanghai Petrochemical's 600,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) plant has successfully started up in Shanghai, according to a statement on Thursday from UOP, a company that worked on the project.

The plant was originally scheduled to begin production in 2008 but a number of delays put the project behind.

Sources in Asia said that most of the PX would be used internally at the company's own 350,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production facility.

The PTA line was expected to be taken off line for a three-week shutdown as part of the integration process with Shanghai's PX facility, sources said.

The new plant in Shanghai will also produce 280,000 tonnes/year of benzene, according to a statement from UOP, a subsidiary of Honeywell that provided licensing, engineering and equipment packaging on the project.

Shanghai Petrochemical is part of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, known as Sinopec.

For more on Shanghai Petrochemical's Shanghai PX plant, visit ICIS plants and projects
For more on paraxylene (PX) visit ICIS chemical intelligence 
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By: Ryan Hickman
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