China's Fujia Dahua runs Dalian PX plant despite weekend protest

15 August 2011 07:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's Fujia Dahua is still currently running its 700,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) plant at Dalian, a day after residents in the surrounding areas demanded the shutdown of the company's aromatics complex over pollution concerns, a company official said on Monday.

“We are still operating the plant normally and there is no immediate impact to August shipments,” the official said.

Dalian’s local government requested that the aromatics facility be shut immediately, as residents took the streets on Sunday seeking the relocation of the aromatics complex, whose protective dike was breached by rain and high waves in the wake of Typhoon Muifa last week, according to media reports.

“We are still negotiating with the local government on how we are going to handle this issue. Discussions are in the early stages,” said the Fujia Dahua official.

No force majeure was issued to its customers as of Monday morning, said one of Fujia Dahua's customers.

The company’s aromatics complex also houses a 100,000 tonne/year orthoxylene (OX) unit and a 300,000 tonne/year benzene unit.

By: Bohan Loh
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