29 May 2012 07:50 [Source: ICIS news]
Its two 75,000 tonne/year MEG plants at
“The 100,000 tonne/year bio-based ethylene plant started trial runs in late May,” the source said, adding that the company aims to achieve on-spec production within a month.
The start-up schedule of the ethylene plant is three months behind the company’s original February schedule, the source said, without specifying the reason for the delay.
The production cost is much higher than that of naphtha-based ethylene following recent sharp falls in naphtha prices, the source said. He did not provide the exact cost of bio-based ethylene.
However, a Japan-based ethylene trader said demand remains limited for such a new technology. “Ethylene production will mainly still come from cracking naphtha or ethane,” the trader said.
The company source said CMMFC will also produce bio-based ethylene oxide (EO) and its derivatives for the application in personal-care products. “These personal-care products will be fully bio-based and will be charged at premiums to normal products,” the source said.
CMMFC, together with another local producer Nan Ya Plastics, owns an MEG facility at Mailiao in eastern
With additional reporting by Soohwee Peh
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