Sinopec and SABIC’s Tianjin cracker to come online by end '09
10 December 2009 08:29 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--A ?xml:namespace>1m tonne/year cracker operated by China’s state-owned Sinopec and Middle East-based Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) would come on stream by the end of this month, a source from Sinopec’s Tianjin Petrochemical said on Thursday.
“We have started trial runs two-to-three months ago, and the on-spec products from the upstream 10m tonne/year refinery will be produced in mid-December. Hence, the cracker will achieve the on-spec products around the end of the month according to our plan,” the source said in Mandarin.
“The downstream units are also undergoing test runs, and we expect they could come on stream soon. Anyway, it is a large integrated project, and it is not an easy job,” he added.
The petrochemical complex in northern Tianjin would have an annual production of 3.2m tonnes of various chemical products, including 1m tonnes of ethylene, as well as other downstream products such as polyethylene (PE), ethylene glycol, polypropylene (PP), butadiene (BD), phenol, & butene-1.
The complex includes a 1m tonne/year cracker, a 40,000/360,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) unit, a 300,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) facility, a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene(PP) plant, a 600,000 tonne/year cracked gasoline hydrogenation unit, a 200,000 tonne/year butadiene extraction facility, a 350,000 tonne/year phenol/acetone unit and a 120,000/50,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)/ butene-1 plant.
Sinopec and SABIC has said in the past that the petrochemical complex would be ready to begin production by the first quarter of next year, according to an earlier report from ICIS news.
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