China’s Huajin Tongda sees on-spec product at new cracker in Jan

23 December 2009 07:51  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS news)--Huajin Tongda Chemicals expects to achieve on-spec ethylene production at its new 450,000 tonne/year cracker at Panjin in China's northeastern province of Liaoning in January 2010, a company source said on Wednesday.

The firm has been conducting test runs at the cracker since early December, the source said.

“We commissioned the plant early this month but hit several snags during trial operations. Basically, no product has been yielded so far,” the source said, without elaborating.

The firm’s downstream facilities, which include a 300,000 tonne/year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit, a 230,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit and a 150,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) plant, would secure their feedstocks from the cracker, the source said.

The cracker would get feedstock naphtha from a 5m tonne/year refinery owned by Huajin Tongda Chemicals’ parent company Liaoning Huajin Chemical Industry Group, the source said.

The refinery was also in trial operation, with its current utilisation rate at around 60%, the source added.

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