China’s Chongqing Jianfeng restarts urea plant after shutdown

17 January 2012 06:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Chongqing Jianfeng restarted its 800,000 tonne/year urea plant at Fuling in Chongqing on 16 January after a prolonged shutdown in 2011, a company source said on Tuesday.

Operations at the plant have been unstable during the past two years because of tight natural gas supply in southwest China, the source added.

In addition, China’s natural gas supply is usually tight during winter because it is mainly allocated for residential heating.

Chinese major Sinopec, the natural gas supplier to Chongqing Jianfeng’s urea plant, resumed supplying feedstock since 16 January, according to a statement from the urea producer.

Sinopec will continue to supply feedstock natural gas until the end of this month, the company source added.

However, Chongqing Jianfeng may shut the plant in the near term because of the persistent natural gas shortage in the region.

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By: Dolly Wu
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