BASF-YPC to restart Nanjing MEG plant in mid-June

27 May 2010 13:08  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--BASF-YPC Co is to restart its 320,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Nanjing, in China’s Jiangsu province, in mid-June after nearly two months of maintenance work, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The unit was shut on 20 April along with its upstream ethylene cracker, which had its capacity expanded from 600,000 tonnes/year to 740,000 tonnes/year.

“There is no fixed date for the restart [of the MEG plant], as this would depend on whether its upstream cracker could resume full operation,” said the source.

He added that the company had planned to bring the cracker on line in early June.

BASF-YPC is a 50:50 joint venture between German chemical major BASF and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec).

The expansion project at BASF-YPC’s Nanjing site, which also includes the construction of 10 new downstream plants, is to be completed in the second half of 2011.

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