China's Tianjin Lugang postpones SBR plant shutdown to late Aug

15 August 2012 09:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Tianjin Lugang Petroleum Rubber has postponed the shutdown of its 100,000 tonne/year styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) plant to the second half of this month from the original plan of 10 August, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company plans to keep the plant off line for 50 days for regular maintenance.

Company’s major feedstock butadiene (BD) supplier Sinopec SABIC Tianjin is also planning to shut its 200,000 tonne/year BD unit at Tianjin for maintenance in the same period, “so we delayed our plan”, the source said.

"We are planning to shut our SBR plant on 18 August or 19 August now,” the source added.

The plant, which consists of two lines, produces non-oil grade 1502, non-oil grade 1500 and oil-extended grade 1712.

The SBR plant is currently running at full capacity, the source added.

Tianjin Lugang Petroleum Rubber is a privately owned rubber producer based in Tianjin, northern China.

By: MK Liu

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