China’s Jiangsu Sopo restarts Zhenjiang ethyl acetate plant

27 July 2012 02:57  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China's Jiangsu Sopo Chemical has restarted its 500,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac) plant at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province, a company official said on Friday.

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.

“We restarted both the acetic acid and etac plants [on the evening of 26 July] and are in the process of ramping up the operating rates at both plants,” the official 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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