08 December 2009 09:38 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--China’s Tongliao Jinmei Chemical Industry Co achieved on-spec production at its 200,000 tonne/year coal-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Tongliao city on 7 December, a source from its parent company, Danhua Chemical Technology, said on Tuesday.
The plant, located in the northern part of Inner Mongolia province, is the world’s first MEG plant to use coal as the feedstock, the parent company said in a filing to Shanghai Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
"We started trial runs from around September due to the complexity of the plant and finally achieved the on-spec products yesterday," the source said in Mandarin.
"Next, we will do preparation work to make the plant start commercial production as soon as possible. But it is difficult to say when the commercial production kicks off given the complexity of the plant and cold weather in the local region," the source said.
Tongliao Jinmei also planned to construct a 400,000 tonne/year MEG plant at the same site, the source added.
Danhua Chemical Technology, which holds a 51% stake in Tongliao Jinmei Chemical Industry Co, operates a 70,000 tonne/year acetic anhydride facility in eastern Jiangsu province.
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