China’s Baling Petchem to expand capro capacity to 200,000 t/yr

19 October 2010 06:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China-based Baling Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the state-owned Sinopec, has started expansion work at its 140,000 tonne/year caprolactam plant in Yueyang, central Hunan province, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company’s caprolactam capacity will increase to 200,000 tonnes/year after the expansion, the source said.

“The expansion project is expected to start up by the end of next year,” the source told ICIS adding the current caprolactam production would remain normal during the expansion months.

The company plans to expand some derivative units to cope with the additional caprolactam capacity, the source added.

A ceremony to mark the start of expansion project was held on 18 October, the source said.

Baling plans to build two more caprolactam facilities with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes/year each in the future, enabling the company to become one of the world’s largest caprolactam producer, the parent company Sinopec said in an online newsletter.

Caprolactam is used to produce nylon chips and tyre cords.

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