China’s Dalian Petrochemical may not restart CDU for a month

22 July 2011 11:50  [Source: ICIS news]

By Amy Sun

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--Dalian Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, will not likely resume operations at its 10m tonne/year crude distillate unit (CDU) for about a month after it was shut on 16 July following a fire, a source from its parent company said on Friday.

A PetroChina source familiar with the issue said that the CDU may be shut for at least one month before being restarted.

“We are dismantling the heat exchanger which caught fire. However, as there is no substitute [for this] at the moment, production [is not expected] to be resumed in the near term,” a Dalian Petrochemical source said.

“The other two CDUs with a total capacity of 10.5m tonnes/year are being run at full rates,” the source added.

Dalian Petrochemical, located at Dalian City in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, is one of the biggest refineries in China with a combined capacity of 20.5m tonnes/year, according to its website.

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