Sinopec, SABIC shut Tianjin BD unit on jv cracker outage

16 September 2010 10:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co shut its 200,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) plant on Wednesday, following an outage at the company's upstream cracker over the weekend, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The company’s 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker in Tianjin was shut down on 12 September due to a mechanical snag and it was expected to remain off line for one week, said the source.

The BD unit was expected to restart on 19 September, he said, adding that around 2,500 tonnes of output would be lost during the five-day outage at the plant.

SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical is a 50:50 joint venture between petrochemical giants Sinopec and SABIC.

The company operates a petrochemical complex in Tianjin, which comprises a downstream 40,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide (EO) unit and a 360,000 tonne/year ethylene glycol (EG) plant. The complex also includes a 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LLDPE) facility, a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit and a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant, according to the source.

The joint venture company also runs a 350,000 tonne/year phenol/acetone unit, a 120,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant and a 50,000 tonne/year butene-1 plant at the site.

With additional reporting by Amber Liu from CBI and Helen Yan

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By: Dolly Wu
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