APIC ’12: China's Hengli Petchem delays Dalian PTA unit start-up

18 May 2012 06:38  [Source: ICIS news]

KUALA LUMPUR (ICIS)--China’s Hengli Petrochemical will have to push back the start-up of its 2.2m tonne/year No 1 purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit in Dalian to September-October as construction of a ship berthing port at the project site has been delayed, a source said with the matter said on Friday.

The Chinese polyester major had initially targeted to start-up the PTA unit in end-July.

The company’s PTA site in Dalian is slated to house a total of six jetties, each with a capability to receive up to 60,000 tonnes of feedstock paraxylene (PX) per month. Construction of five jetties has been delayed to September-October. 

“Both the No 1 and No 2 units will be mechanically complete by July, but they are not able to receive sufficient amounts of feedstock paraxylene to begin trial runs,” the source said.

The company has 16 chemical tanks at Dalian that are capable of storing up to 600,000 tonnes of feedstock PX.

Hengli Petrochemical's No 2 PTA unit at the site also has a 2.2m tonne/year capacity. Hengli Petrochemicals is targeting to start up the No 2 PTA unit two months after the No 1 unit achieves commercial production, the source said.

By: Bohan Loh
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