SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin restarts reformer plant after turnaround

19 September 2012 04:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Company (SSTPC) has restarted its reformer plant in Tianjin, north China, on 17 September, after a 30-day turnaround which began on 15 August, a source from the company said late on Tuesday.

The producer will increase the reformer plant’s run rates gradually and the plant is likely to produce on-spec material the following week, the source added.

The reformer plant produces 145,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 135,000 tonnes/year of toluene, 400,000 tonnes/year of xylene and 350,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX).

The China-based producer has a second aromatics plant, which is the downstream of its naphtha cracker, at the same site in Tianjin. The aromatics plant produces 400,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 275,000 tonnes/year of toluene and 310,000 tonnes/year of xylene.

Both the aromatics plant and naphtha cracker were shut for scheduled maintenance on 22 August and they will be restarted on 21 September, the source said.

The naphtha cracker can produce 1m tonnes/year of ethylene.

SSTPC is a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Sinopec and SABIC. The JV is located in Tianjin and it started operations in May 2010.

By: Rita Wu

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