China’s Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical shuts MEG plant

22 August 2012 10:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec-SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical shut its 380,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit in Hebei province on 22 August for a catalyst change, a company source said on Wednesday.

The plant is expected to be restarted in late September, the source said.

Most of the MEG output from the plant is supplied on a contract basis to downstream polyester factories. The company’s customers had been informed at the start of the year that supply will be suspended for the month of September, the source said.

The plant also produces 24,000 tonnes/year of diethylene glycol (DEG) – a co-product of MEG.

The company is a 50:50 joint venture between petrochemical majors SABIC of Saudi Arabia and Sinopec of China.

By: Jenny Jin

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