China’s Jiangsu Sopo restarts acetic acid, etac plants after outage

14 September 2012 03:23  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Jiangsu Sopo Chemical restarted its acetic acid and downstream ethyl acetate (etac) plants at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province late on 13 September following a brief outage, a company official said on Friday.

The plants were taken off line on 11 September following a problem at its air separation unit.

“The acetic acid and etac plants were restarted late yesterday [Thursday], and operating rates at both plants are being gradually ramped up,” the official said.

The company operates two acetic acid plants with combined capacities of 1m tonnes/year.

It also operates a 500,000 tonne/year etac plant as well as a 500,000 tonne/year feedstock methanol plant at the same Zhenjiang site.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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