03 January 2012 03:42 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The start-up of Dragon Aromatics’ paraxylene (PX) project in ?xml:namespace>
“The aromatics plant is about 10 kilometres away from Xianglu Petrochemical’s PTA unit and the construction of the pipeline did not progress as smoothly as they initially thought,” the source said.
Dragon Group’s aromatics complex is located in Zhangzhou,
Dragon Aromatics and Xiang Lu Petrochemical are the subsidiaries of
The expected start-up of the unit has been changed from February-March 2012 to early third quarter of the year, the source added.
“There are also some piping issues within the aromatics complex that needs to be sorted out,” the source said.
With the delay of the company’s PX facility, there would be no fresh PX producing capabilities to feed over 3m tonnes of new purified terephthalic acid (PTA) capacities that are expected within the first half of 2012, according to ICIS data.
Only two new PX facilities are expected to start-up in the second-half of 2012 – Dragon Aromatics’ 800,000 tonne/year unit and PetroChina
Over 10m tonnes of new PTA projects are scheduled to commence production in 2012.
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