China’s Tianji Coal Chemical to start up aniline project in Q1 2013

07 July 2011 14:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--China’s Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group is expected to start up its grassroots aniline project in Lucheng, Shanxi province, in the first quarter of 2013, an official with US-based engineering company KBR said on Thursday.

John Derbyshire, president of KBR’s technology division, said construction of the plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

The plant will have the capacity to produce 450 tonnes/day of aniline – equivalent to 150,000 tonnes/year. Aniline is a precursor for methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI), KBR said.

KBR conducted the basic engineering work for the project, and is providing the aniline technology through a licensing alliance with US-based DuPont.

Also in China, KBR is supplying the basic engineering and technology for aniline projects being implemented by Jilin Connell Chemical Industry in Jilin City, Jilin province, and by Inner Mongolia Connell Chemical Industry in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia.

KBR also provided the basic engineering and technology for Wanhua Group’s 360,000 tonne/year aniline plant in Ningbo in eastern Zhejiang, which started up last year.

Derbyshire said KBR continues to support China-based Wanhua in its growth plan to be a major aniline and MDI producer in China. Wanhua is developing an integrated isocyanates project in Yantai, Shandong province, which is expected to include a 600,000 tonne/year MDI unit and a 300,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate unit.  

For more on MDI, visit ICIS Chemical Intelligence

By: Anna Jagger
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