China’s Sinopec Wuhan restarts Hubei aromatics unit

26 July 2012 10:15  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's Sinopec Wuhan restarted its aromatics unit located at Hubei province in central China on 25 July, after shutting it for a scheduled maintenance on 5 June, a company source said on Thursday.

The aromatics unit can produce 42,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 44,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 56,000 tonnes/year of xylene, according to the source.  

The company supplies toluene to downstream end-users such as Wuhan Youji Industries, while its xylene is mainly supplied to Yangzi Petrochemical and Luoyang Petrochemical to produce paraxylene, the source added.

The shutdown had a limited impact on the spot market in central China because of weak downstream demand, a trader said.

By: Doris Shen

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