Guangzhou PC to restart SM and aromatics plants in early April

28 March 2011 04:24  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Guangzhou Petrochemical, a subsidiary of state-owned energy giant Sinopec, plans to restart its styrene monomer (SM) and aromatics units in early April, a source close to the company said on Monday.

The company will restart its 80,000 tonne/year SM plant on 10 April, which was shut down on 19 February in line with a maintenance turnaround at its upstream 220,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker, the source said.

Meanwhile, the company plans to restart its aromatics unit, which produces 70,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 45,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 41,000 tonnes/year of xylene, in early April, although the actual date is not confirmed, the source added.

Guangzhou PC shut down its naphtha cracker on 20 February for regular annual maintenance, the source said, adding that the cracker will be restarted in end-March or early April.

Lily Zhang and Viola Pan contributed to this article

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