China’s Shanghai Wujing Chemical may shut acetic acid unit

08 May 2012 05:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanghai Wujing Chemical may take its 450,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant at Wujing in Shanghai offline for another turnaround by the end of May following unstable production, a company official said on Tuesday.

The official said the plant’s operating rate is not high because of feedstock carbon monoxide (CO) supply issues and the duration of the shutdown can not be ascertained yet.

The plant was taken off line on 14 March for scheduled maintenance and was restarted during the week ended 20 April.

After the March turnaround, Shanghai Wujing was producing acetic acid at a total daily output rate of around 1,500 tonnes, according to sources close to the company.

The company was running its 250,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant at the same site at 100% of capacity during the turnaround of the bigger unit and is currently still running the plant at full rates, said the source.

Major acetic acid producers in Asia include US-based Celanese, UK’s BP, China’s Jiangsu Sopo, Yankuang Cathay Coal Chemicals, Henan ShunDa Chemical and Hebei Yingdu Gasification, Taiwan’s Chang Chun Petrochemicals, India’s Gujarat Narmade Valley Fertilizers Co (GNFC), Saudi Arabia’s International Acetyl Company and Iran’s Fanavaran Petrochemical.

By: Helen Lee
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