China’s Shanghai Petrochemical postpones PE plant turnarounds

13 July 2011 10:36  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Shanghai Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Sinopec, will shut its polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants for maintenance in August and September instead of end-July as originally planned, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The 190,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) plant and 250,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) unit are located at Jinshan in eastern China.

In the revised turnaround schedule, the LDPE plant will be shut from 23 August to 22 September, while the HDPE plant will be shut from late September for 15 days, according to the source, who added he did not know why the maintenance was postponed.

However, some local traders said that the maintenance dates were changed as product demand in July has been better than the company’s expectations.

Shanghai Petrochemical’s 450,000 tonne/year PP plant at the same location will undergo maintenance for 20 days at the end of September, the source said.

This shutdown was not included in the original maintenance schedule, the source added.

The producer was not available immediately for comment.

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By: Lizzie Yu

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