China’s Jiangsu Sopo to restart Zhenjiang etac plant on 27 July

26 July 2012 05:12  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China's Jiangsu Sopo Chemical plans to restart its 500,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac) plant at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province on 27 July, a company official said on Thursday.

The company took the etac plant off line on the evening of 24 July to coincide with the shutdown of its integrated acetic acid plants for unscheduled maintenance, the official said.

The company plans to restart both the acetic acid and etac plants on 27 July, after completing the necessary repairs.

Production issues at its acetic acid plants on 18-19 July forced Jiangsu Sopo to reduce its etac output to less than 50% for the week ended 20 July, the official added.

In addition to unstable acetic acid output, the company has been running its etac plant at a reduced rate because of tight supply of co-feedstock ethanol, he said.

Jiangsu Sopo operates a 500,000 tonne/year methanol unit, as well as three acetic acid plants with a combined capacity of 1.2m tonnes/year at the same Zhenjiang site.

Etac, which is mainly produced by the esterification of ethanol with acetic acid, is used in coating formulations like epoxies and vinyls, and in solvent applications for inks and food.

By: Trisha Huang

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