China’s Shenhua Ningxia achieves on-spec propylene at MTP unit

11 October 2010 07:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s major coal producer, Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co, has achieved on-spec propylene at its methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant in northwestern Ningxia province, a company source said on Monday.

The company started trial runs at the unit - with a name plate capacity of 470,000 tonnes/year - on 6 September and achieved on-spec product on 4 October, the source added.

"Actually, the MTP unit has a production capacity of 490,000 tonnes/year of propylene and other by-products like gasoline and ethylene in small volumes,” the source said.

In addition to the MTP unit, the complex will also produce 1.67m tonnes/year of methanol and 500,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP) once it is fully operational.

The company planned to conduct trial runs at the other units over the next two months with commercial operations due to begin in early 2011, the source said.

Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co is a joint venture between the Ningxia provincial government and China’s largest coal producer Shenhua Group Corp, with 49% and 51% stake-holding, respectively.

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