China’s Dushanzi Petchem brings forward cracker, PE, PP shutdown

08 August 2011 11:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Dushanzi Petrochemical has brought forward the maintenance at its crackers and derivative polyolefins plants at Urumqi, Xinjiang, in northwest China, a company source said on Monday.

Its 220,000 tonne/year ethylene cracker at Urumqi was shut on 8 August for maintenance, about three weeks earlier than originally planned, the source said.

Its other facilities at the site, including a 100,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit, a 120,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene unit (LLDPE) and a 140,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit, will be shut this week for a turnaround, he said.

Its 300,000 tonne/year HDPE unit, 600,000 tonne/year LLDPE/HDPE swing plant, 300,000 tonne/year PP unit and 250,000 tonne/year PP unit at the same site will also be shut this week for maintenance, the source added.

The cracker and polyolefins plants were originally scheduled to be shut in late August, he said.

Dushanzi Petrochemical’s 1m tonne/year ethylene cracker will be shut in the middle of August for maintenance, about two weeks earlier than originally planned, he said.

The source could not provide details on why the maintenance was brought forward.

A local distributor told ICIS that the shutdowns will cause the supply of HDPE and PP block copolymer to tighten and the prices of those grades will rise in tandem.

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By: Lizzie Yu

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