China’s CSPC restarts PO/SM and polyols units this week

29 April 2010 10:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--CNOOC & Shell Petrochemical Co (CSPC) restarted its propylene oxide/styrene (PO/SM) plant in Huizhou earlier this week and polyols unit on 29 April following a shutdown for debottlenecking, a company source said on Thursday.

The PO/SM plant can now produce around 320,000 tonnes of PO and 700,000 tonnes of SM annually, up from the 250,000 tonnes/year of PO and 550,000 tonnes/year of SM previously.

The polyols unit has a capacity of 135,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

The company’s upstream cracker would be restarted by the end of this week, the source added.

The cracker and the downstream units, located at a petrochemical complex at Daya Bay in Huizhou Municipality, south China’s Guangdong province, were taken off line on 6 March for maintenance and expansion.

CSPC is a 50:50 joint venture between Chinese oil major China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) and Anglo-Dutch major Shell Chemicals.

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

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By: Ong Sheau Ling
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