China’s Yanshan Petrochemical shuts cracker, PE units

05 April 2012 04:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Yanshan Petrochemical had to shut down its 800,000 tonne/year cracker and derivative plants in Beijing province on Thursday after experiencing a technical problem, a company source said on Thursday.

The nature of the problem was not immediately revealed.

The outage of the cracker caused the shut down of derivative facilities including three 60,000 tonne/year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) units, one 200,000 tonne/year LDPE plant and two 70,000 tonne/year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) units, the source added.

The company had to shut the derivative units due to lack of sufficient inventories, the source said.

A 200,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit will be shut later but for now the company’s 40,000 tonne/year and 200,000 tonne/year PP unit were operating normally, the source added.

The shutdown is expected to last two to three days, the source said.

By: Doreen Zhao

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