China's Dragon Aromatics Xiamen PX project delayed by five months

03 January 2012 03:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The start-up of Dragon Aromatics’ paraxylene (PX) project in Xiamen is expected to be delayed by up to five month because of piping issues, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

“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, Xiamen province and has a design capacity to produce 800,000 tonnes of PX per annum.

Dragon Aromatics and Xiang Lu Petrochemical are the subsidiaries of China’s Xiang Lu Group.

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 Sichuan’s 600,000 tonne/year complex.

Over 10m tonnes of new PTA projects are scheduled to commence production in 2012.

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By: Bohan Loh
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