China’s Xinjiang region to expand petrochemical industry by 2015

07 March 2012 06:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Xinjiang region will see an expansion in its petrochemical sector by 2015 as part of its development plan for the 12th Five-Year period, the government said in a report late on Tuesday.

This includes expansions in Xinjiang’s coal-based petrochemical sector, in order to take advantage of the region’s abundant coal and natural gas resources.

By 2015, a 2.6m tonne/year coal-based urea plant, an 800,000 tonne/year dimethyl ether (DME) unit, 60bn cubic metre/year coal-based natural gas unit, 1m tonne/year coal-based olefins capacity and 1m tonne/year coal-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant will be brought on stream.

In addition, the region will develop its salt chemical industry with its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and potash fertilizer capacities to reach a total 5.7m tonnes/year and 3m tonnes/year, respectively by the same year.

The region is targeting its overall output growth rate to be at an average of 15% per year during the 12th Five-Year period, according to the report.

By: Rachel Yang

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