BASF-YPC restarts Nanjing cracker, nine downstream plants

07 July 2010 12:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--BASF-YPC said on Wednesday that its 600,000 tonne/year steam cracker at Nanjing, in China’s Jiangsu province, resumed operations on 16 June following a maintenance turnaround.

BASF-YPC’s nine downstream plants at the site were also back in operation following maintenance shutdowns during parts of this period, the company said in a statement.

During the shutdown of the cracker, BASF-YPC said it continued to work on expanding its ethylene capacity from 600,000 tonnes/year to 740,000 tonnes/year. 

The company shut down its cracker and downstream plants for maintenance on 15 April, according to the company’s website.

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.

BASF-YPC is a 50-50 joint venture between Germany-based chemical giant BASF and Sinopec, China’s largest refinery.

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