China’s CSPC to shut Huizhou MEG plant for catalyst change

06 March 2012 09:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Co (CSPC) will shut its 320,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Huizhou in Guangdong province from 20 March to 10 April for a catalyst change, a company source said on Tuesday.

The plant also produces 40,000-50,000 tonnes of diethylene glycol (DEG) annually, the source added. DEG is a co-product of MEG.

The company’s DEG output will fall by 2,000 tonnes during the shutdown period, the source added.

The shutdown is not expected to affect DEG prices in south China, as 10,000 tonnes of DEG imports will arrive at the region in March, a market player said.

CSPC does not expect any disruption to its MEG supply, as it has built up sufficient inventories, and the shutdown will have little impact on China’s spot market.

By: Lizzie Wang

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