Shenhua Baotou Coal Chem achieves on-spec PP/PE at CTO complex

24 August 2010 07:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemical Co achieved on-spec production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) at its coal-to-olefins (CTO) complex in the middle of August – around one-and-a-half months ahead of schedule, a company source said on Tuesday.

“On-spec production of PP and PE was achieved on 15 and 19 August [respectively], after the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant was started up in early August,” the source told ICIS.

The company achieved on-spec production after conducting successful trial runs at its MTO unit in early August, the source added.

Located at Baotou in China's northern Inner Mongolia region, the CTO project consists of a 1.8m tonne/year coal-based methanol unit, a 600,000 tonne/year MTO facility, a 300,000 tonne/year PE unit and a 300,000 tonne/year PP plant.

“Currently, the whole project is running at 70–80% and will remain at that rate in the near term because some plants are still not operating stably,” said the source.

Shenhua Baotou Coal Chemical is a 76:24 joint venture between China’s largest coal producer Shenhua Group Corp and state-owned Shanghai Huayi (Group) Co.

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By: Judith Wang
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