China’s Zhanjiang Dongxing to restart its aromatics unit on 31 May

29 May 2012 06:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Zhanjiang Dongxing Refinery, a subsidiary of Sinopec, plans to restart its aromatics unit at Zhanjiang in Guangdong province of south China on 31 May , a company source said on Tuesday.

The plant was shut down on 10 April for scheduled maintenance.

The aromatics unit can produce 55,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 180,000 tonnes/year of isomer-grade xylene, according to the source.

“The restart has little impact on the market as its isomer-grade xylene output is mainly supplied to Sinopec East China to produce para-xylene (PX),” the source said.

Domestic solvent-grade xylene prices were assessed at yuan (CNY) 8,750-8,800/tonne ($1,380-1,388/tonne) ex-tank south China on 28 May, while isomer-grade xylene prices were at (CNY) 8,850-8,900/tonne ex-tank south China, according to Chemease, an ICIS service in China.

($1 = CNY6.34)

By: Doris Shen

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