Sinopec-SABIC delays start-up of 1m tonne/year Tianjin cracker

15 January 2010 09:25  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS news)--Sinopec-SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical, a 50:50 joint venture between Sinopec and Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC),  has delayed the start-up of its 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker in northern China, a company source said on Friday.

The cracker was supposed to start up on Friday but the company wanted to ensure smooth operations when the ethylene plant comes on stream, the source said.

“We may be able to start it up tomorrow,” the source said, but added that the schedule could still change.

The cracker would supply feedstocks for the downstream facilities at the site, including a 300,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene(PP) plant.

The downstream plants have started test runs in late December, with feedstocks being supplied by Sinopec’s 200,000 tonne/year cracker at the site, the source said.

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