CSPC to shut Huizhou complex for expansion and maintenance

15 January 2010 08:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--CNOOC & Shell Petrochemicals Co (CSPC) plans to shut its petrochemical complex in south China’s Guangdong province on 1 March for expansion and maintanence, a company source said on Friday.

The complex at Daya Bay in Huizhou Municipality is expected to be shut for two months, the source added.

"The upstream 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker will be expanded to 1m tonnes/year," the source said.

The firm's polyolefins capacity would be raised by 20%, the source added.

Its existing polyolefins facility consists of a 250,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit, a 200,000 tonne/year high density PE/linear low density PE (HDPE/LLDPE) swing plant and a 240,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit.

The company's propylene oxide/styrene monomer (PO/SM) plant at the same site - which can produce up to 250,000 tonnes/year of PO and 550,000 tonnes/year of SM - would also be taken off line, the source said.

The company’s 60,000 tonne/year propylene glycol (PG) unit and 135,000 tonne/year polyols plant would also be shut for maintenance, the source added.

"We have been stocking PO ahead of the turnaround, so it should not affect our customers," the source said.

CSPC is a joint venture between Chinese major China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) and Anglo-Dutch major Shell Chemicals.

Other PO producers include Dow, Lyondell, Shell, Nihon Oxirane, AGC Chemicals and SKC Co.

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By: Ong Sheau Ling
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