China's BASF-YPC to restart aromatics unit in early May

20 April 2012 09:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s BASF-YPC (BYC) plans to restart its aromatics plant at Nanjing in east China’s Jiangsu province in early May, a company source said on Friday.

The plant can produce 150,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 100,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 80,000 tonnes/year of xylenes.

BYC shut the plant on 16 April because of an outage at its upstream ethylene cracker.

Its derivative 80,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) plant has continued operating at 100%, said the source.

BYC is a joint venture between German chemical major BASF and China’s Sinopec, with each company holding a 50% stake.

Author: Vivian Liu

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