China’s Sichuan Vinylon to trial run new VAM, PVOH units in Feb

04 January 2011 06:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Sichuan Vinylon Works, a Sinopec subsidiary, plans to start trial operations at its new vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant and polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) facility in late February, a company source said on Tuesday.

“We are scheduled to carry the test runs [for the two units] in late February, and are now doing the preparation work,” the source said in Mandarin.

The two year construction of the plants - the 300,000 tonne/year VAM unit and the 100,000 tonne/year PVOH plant at southwestern Chongqing - was completed on 30 December, the source added.

Another new methanol unit with a capacity of 730,000 tonnes/year was still under construction and was expected to start up in the first half of this year, the source said, declining to give more details.

Currently, the company is operating a 200,000 tonne/year VAM plant, a 60,000 tonne/year PVOH facility and a 350,000 tonne/year methanol unit at the same site, Sinopec said on its website.

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