China's Shenhua Baotou starts up new 600,000 t/yr MTO unit

10 August 2010 06:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemical started up its new 600,000 tonne/year methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant in Baotou, northern Inner Mongolia, on 8 August, a company source said on Tuesday.

The MTO unit can produce 300,000 tonne/year of ethylene and 300,000 tonnes/year of propylene, the source said.

The ethylene and propylene produced would be used as feedstocks for the company’s polyethylene and polypropylene plants in Baotou, each with 300,000 tonne/year capacity, he added.

Shenhua Baotou also has a 1.8m tonne/year coal-based methanol facility at the site. Methanol had been successfully produced at the facility and had been introduced into the MTO plant for trial runs, the source said.

“It is hard to factor an estimate when we can achieve on-spec polyethylene and polypropylene products,” the source said.

However, according to an earlier report, the firm was planning to achieve on-spec PE and PP products by late September.

Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemical is a joint venture between China’s largest coal producer Shenhua Group and Shanghai-based state-owned company Shanghai Huayi Group

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By: Heng Hui
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