China’s Shanghai Huayi runs Anhui acetic acid unit at 60-70%

23 August 2012 05:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shanghai Huayi Group is currently operating its new 500,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant at Wuwei, Anhui province, at 60-70% of capacity after trial runs started in July, a company official said on Thursday.

“We achieved 60-70% operating rates at the acetic acid plant this week,” the official said.

In addition to the acetic acid plant, the company also operates a 600,000 tonne/year methanol feedstock plant and downstream, a 200,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate plant at the same site. The official added that both these plants are operating under stable conditions, but he could not provide the exact operating rates.

Shanghai Huayi Group also operates additional acetic acid plants in Wujing, Shanghai, under the company Shanghai Wujing Chemical with annual capacities of 450,000 tonnes and 250,000 tonnes per year.

The 450,000 tonne/year Wujing acetic acid plant is currently operating at around 90% capacity since 27 July, the official added. The plant experienced an unplanned outage during the weekend of 14-15 July following curtailed upstream carbon monoxide supply.

The smaller 250,000 tonne/year unit at the same location has been shut as scheduled since the completion of a maintenance turnaround at the 450,000 tonne/year plant in late June, he added.

Other key producers in China include Celanese, BP, Jiangsu Sopo Chemical, Henan Shunda Chemical Technology, Yankuang Cathay Coal Chemicals, Hebei Yingdu Gasification and Shandong Hualu-Hengsheng Chemical.

By: Helen Lee
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