Shanghai Petrochemical to run aroms unit normally despite typhoon

08 August 2012 08:58  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanghai Petrochemical, a subsidiary of state major Sinopec, is fully prepared to run its aromatics units at Jinshan district in Shanghai normally despite the threat of Typhoon Haiku, a company source said on Wednesday.

The aromatics unit can produce 550,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 480,000 tonnes/year of toluene, 690,000 tonnes/year of xylenes and 850,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX), the source added.

The current operating rate is 80% of capacity, according to the source.

At 11:30 hours Shanghai time (03:30 GMT) on 8 August, Shanghai raised the alert to the highest level of “red”, according the Shanghai Central Meteorological Station.

Typhoon Haikui made landfall at 03:20 hours on the same day at Xiangshan county near the Sanmenwan Gulf in nearby Zhejiang province, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) of China said. 

Torrential rain and wind are expected to hit the Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Jiangxi provinces in the upcoming days, the NMC added.

Shanghai Petrochemical, which is located at Hangzhou Bay, has on 6 August raised the Level IV alert for floods and typhoons, with Level I being the highest, according to Sinopec’s website.

The company’s refining, olefins, fine chemicals, storage and transportation departments are making preparations to avoid accidents if the typhoon hits, according to the website.

The other petrochemical units of Shanghai Petrochemical are maintaining normal operating rates, the company source said. Further details on the units were not immediately available.

By: Viola Pan
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