China’s Shaanxi Weihe shuts methanol and DME plants on 9 April

10 April 2012 09:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shaanxi Weihe Coal Chemical Group took off line its 200,000 tonne/year methanol unit and its 110,000 tonne/year dimethyl ethel (DME) plant at Weinan in Shaanxin Province on 9 April, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company plans to restart the plant on 19 April, the source said.

The shutdown will have a limited impact on the domestic methanol market as the methanol output is mainly for captive use to provide feedstock for the 110,000 tonne/year DME plant, the source said.

The DME plant has a daily output of around 300 tonnes, the source added.

Shaanxi Weihe also owns a 400,000 tonne/year methanol plant at the same site, which was operating at about 100% capacity with a daily output of 1,000 tonnes, the source added.

By: Fayer Shen

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