China’s Jiangsu Sopo caps etac output at 60% on tight feedstocks

31 August 2012 03:41  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Jiangsu Sopo Chemical is capping the operating rate at its 500,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac) plant at 60% capacity after restarting it on 23-24 August because of tight feedstock supply, a company source said on Friday.

The company shut the etac unit at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province, together with its upstream acetic acid and methanol plants, briefly the previous week because of a blockage at a coal pipeline after heavy rains.

Jiangsu Sopo plans to keep the etac plant running at around 60% capacity in the near term because of limited supply of feedstocks – ethanol and acetic acid – the source said.

The supply of acetic acid to the etac unit has been curbed by the unexpected shutdown the previous week, as well as the company’s export sales commitments.

The availability of ethanol in China has been tight since July, the source added.

Jiangsu Sopo operates two acetic acid plants with combined capacities of 1m tonnes/year, as well as a 500,000 tonne/year methanol plant at the same site in Zhenjiang.

By: Trisha Huang

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