China’s Zhenhai Refining yet to restart 1m tonne/year cracker

05 May 2010 11:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Sinopec subsidiary Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co (ZRCC) has yet to restart its 1m tonne/year cracker in Ningbo, China after an outage late last month, said sources close to the company on Wednesday.

Compressor problems had forced the producer to shut the cracker on 28 April, days after it was started up, and production at derivative units was also suspended due to a lack of feedstock, they said.

One of the sources said the cracker may not be able to resume operations soon as some machinery part may need to be imported.

ZRCC’s new derivative units include a 450,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) line, and a 650,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) facility.

With additional reporting by Becky Zhang

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