China’s Yanshan Petrochemical cuts cracker runs on technical issue

07 November 2011 06:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical is running its 710,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Beijing at a low rate because of a technical problem, a company source said on Monday.

The producer reduced the run rates at the cracker late on 6 November after experiencing a technical issue at the facility, the source added, without specifying the operating rate.

The company’s downstream 60,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) No 1 line is running at a low rate, although the source did not give the actual operating rate.

Two other 60,000 tonne/year LDPE lines, and another 200,000 tonne/year LDPE line have been shut down because of the shortage of ethylene feedstock, according to the source.

In addition, two 70,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) lines have also been shut, the source added.

One 200,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) line and a 40,000 tonne/year PP line are running at low rates while the other 200,000 tonne/year PP line has been shut because of a lack of feedstock.

All the plants are expected to be restarted soon, except for the 200,000 tonne/year PP line.

“The 200,000 tonne/year PP line may be restarted in two or more days,” the source said.

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By: Angie Li
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