China's Jiangsu Sopo cuts Zhenjiang acetic acid operating rate

13 April 2012 07:52  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Jiangsu Sopo Chemical has reduced the operating rate of its 1.2m tonne/year acetic acid plant at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province to about 60% capacity from 80%, as a result of a technical issue affecting its methanol plant, a company source said on Friday.

The company is still operating its 500,000 tonne/year methanol plant at the same site after discovering technical issues late on Thursday.

“Methanol production is unstable, so we have reduced the operating rate at our acetic acid plant,” the company source said.

Jiangsu Sopo also operates a 500,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac) plant at the same site.

The etac unit, which has been running at about 70% capacity, has not been affected by the issues at the methanol plant, the source added.

Jiangsu Sopo has decided to postpone a scheduled maintenance at the methanol, acetic acid and etac plants to early May from 25 April, because of a delay in the delivery of catalyst, the company source added.

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By: Trisha Huang

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