China's Tianjin Petrochemical restarts BD unit after brief outage

22 September 2010 04:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co restarted its 200,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) plant over the weekend following a brief outage, industry sources said on Wednesday.

The BD unit was shut down on 15 September after the company’s 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker at the site had to be taken off line on 12 September due to a mechanical snag.

The cracker resumed production on 17 September but operating rates remained unstable, industry sources said.

“The BD unit was down for only about three days, [with the restart] about two days earlier than expected,” an industry source said.

About 1,500 tonnes of BD was lost during the brief outage, according to industry sources.

Chinese domestic BD prices surged by yuan (CNY) 1,000/tonne ($149/tonne) this week to CNY 14,500/tonne (DEL) delivered on tight supply, traders said.

SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical is a 50:50 joint venture between petrochemical giants Sinopec of China and Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC).

($1 = CNY6.71)

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