China to see 10 new coal-to-olefins projects on stream by 2015

19 July 2012 10:14  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--At least 10 new coal-to-olefin (CTO) projects are expected to come on stream in China by 2015, adding about 6m tonnes/year of new olefin capacity, an industry official said on Thursday.

This includes Zheijiang Nibo Heyuan's new 600,000 tonne/year unit, Shaanxi Pucheng Clean Energy Chemicals' 670,000 tonne/year plant - expected to come on stream in 2014 - and Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group's 500,000 tonne/year methanol-to-propylene unit that is expected to also come on stream in 2014, said Orchid Yang, Deputy Director of Research Institute of Industry Economics at the China National Chemical Information Center.

Yang was speaking at the day-long 2012 China Petrochemical Industry Conference.

Currently, there are more than 30 CTO projects under construction or planned in China, with total olefin capacity of over 20m tonnes/year, according to Yang.

China will also see more coal-to-monoethylene glycol (MEG) plants coming on stream in the next few years, following Tongliao GEM and Henan Coal Chemical Industry's tie-up in 2009 to build new coal-to-MEG projects, she said.

The joint venture, named Yongjin Chemical, in 2010 started construction on five new coal-to-MEG projects, each with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes/year, in Anyang, Xinxiang, Puyang, Yongxin and Luoyang, according to Yang.

The plants in Xinxiang and Henan were started up in March this year, she added without elaborating further.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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