China’s Yangzi Petchem sets 9-month turnaround at old PTA units

10 February 2012 11:24  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Yangzi Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Sinopec, plans to shut its two 350,000 tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants at Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province in turns for nine months, a company source said on Friday.

Reconstruction work will be executed during the shutdown. Sinopec will upgrade the facilities to reach national standard for energy saving and emission reduction, the source said.

The No 2 plant will be taken off line first on 1 March through November. Once the unit restarts, the No 1 unit will be shut for the same nine-month duration, the source said.

“Sinopec will have more paraxylene (PX) cargoes to sell, which is likely to earn more money in 2012 as compared with PTA,” a major Chinese trader said.

Yangzi Petrochemical has no turnaround plans this year for its biggest and newest PTA plant in Nanjing that has a 600,000 tonne/year capacity, the company source said.

By: Becky Zhang
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