China's Zhenhai Refining to keep cracker off line until mid-June

07 May 2010 05:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Sinopec subsidiary Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co (ZRCC) is likely to keep its 1m tonne/year cracker in Ningbo, China, off line until around mid-June while waiting for the import of some parts following an outage late last month, a company source said on Friday.

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 halted due to a lack of feedstock, they said.

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.

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