China’s Jiangsu Sopo shuts acetic acid, etac, methanol plants

22 August 2012 11:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Jiangsu Sopo shut its acetic acid plants, along with the derivative ethyl acetate (etac) and upstream methanol units, in Zhenjiang early on Wednesday because of technical issues, a company official said.

The two acetic acid plants that were shut have a combined capacity of 1m tonnes/year. Prior to the outage, the acetic acid plants were operating at around 70% of capacity, the source said.

Jiangsu Sopo also operates a 500,000 tonne/year methanol unit and an etac plant with the same capacity at the site.

“All the plants are shut early this morning because of a blockage at a coal pipeline after heavy rains,” the official said.

The plants are expected to be down for up to three days, he said.

Jiangsu Sopo’s third and smallest acetic acid plant in Zhenjiang with a 200,000 tonne/year capacity has been idle since April 2011, when its 600,000 tonne/year plant started up.

By: Helen Lee
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