S Korea's Honam to delay start-up of China ethanolamines plant

18 July 2012 07:46  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical has further delayed the start up of its 50,000 tonne/year ethanolamines plant at Jiaxing in China’s Zhejiang province to around 20-21 July because of mechanical issues, a company source said on Wednesday.

“We found some problems when we commissioned the unit late last week and decided to put off the start up for another couple of days,” the source said.

The company had originally planned to start up the unit in May, but postponed it because of unfavourable market situation and slower-than-expected construction progress, the source said.

The company has meanwhile delayed the start up at its new 100,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide (EO) plant at the same site, which is jointly owned by China Sanjiang Fine Chemical, to the middle of September from its initial plan in early August. The source did not give a reason for the delay.

EO is the primary raw material for ethanolamines production.

Ethanolamines are high-class intermediates used in the manufacture of agrochemicals and wood protectants, surfactants for detergents and cleaning products, process chemicals for gas treatment, lubricants and cement additives as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients.

By: Becky Zhang
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