China’s ZRCC runs new 300,000 tonne/year PP unit below 50%

12 February 2010 03:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Sinopec subsidiary Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co (ZRCC) has been running its new 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit in Ningbo at below 50% of capacity since achieving on-spec production on 10 February, a company source said on Friday.

Propylene sourced from the spot market was fed to the new PP unit on 28 January, the source said.

The producer was on track to start trial runs at its new 450,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant and new 1m tonne/year cracker at the same site on 8 March and 28 March, respectively, he said.

Trial production at other downstream plants at the site would also start on schedule.

ZRCC’s new 650,000 tonne/year monethylene glycol (MEG) plant would have its turn on 22 March, while its 500,000 tonne/year aromatics facility was set for trial runs on 8 April, the company source said.

ZRCC is China’s biggest refinery to date, with a capacity of 23m tonnes/year.

With additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee

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