China’s Shenhua Baotou to start up coal-to-olefins plant in Q2

12 January 2010 07:28  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS news)--China’s Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemical is expected to start up its coal-to-olefins (CTO) complex at Baotou in northern Inner Mongolia in the second quarter of 2010, a company source said on Tuesday.

The project is progressing smoothly and will start operation by April or May,” he added.

Key facilities at the complex include a 1.8m tonne/year coal-based methanol unit, a 300,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) unit and a 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene unit. Methanol would be used as feedstock for the PE and PP productions, the source said.

Market sources said that the PP and PE products would be sold primarily in domestic markets.

The project uses UK-based Davy’s methanol technology, while UNIPOL technologies licensed by US-based Dow and Univation are used in the PP and PE units, respectively.  

Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemical is a 76:24 joint venture between Shenhua Group and Shanghai Huayi Group.

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