S Korea's Honam runs new China ethanolamines plant at 50-60%

25 September 2012 10:36  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical is currently running its new 50,000 tonne/year ethanolamines plant at Jiaxing in China’s Zhejiang province at 50-60% of capacity given insufficient supply of feedstock ethylene oxide (EO), a company sources said on Tuesday.

The ethanolamines plant was started up late last week but will need to run at low rates until the company’s new EO plant comes on stream in end-September, the source said.

Honam Petrochemical has yet to start commercial sales of ethanolamines as inventories are still limited, the source said.

From late July to late August, the South Korean producer had conducted successful trial runs at its new ethanolamines plant and the unit was able to produce on-spec products. But the plant's start-up was delayed given a lack of EO supply, the source said.

The EO plant at Jiaxing that has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year but can produce up to 130,000 tonnes/year of EO, is expected to be started up on 29-30 September, the source said.

The EO plant is a joint investment between Honam Petrochemical and China Sanjiang Fine Chemical.

EO is the primary raw material in the production of ethylene glycol, ethanolamines, glycol ethers, ethoxylates and polyethylene glycol.

Ethanolamines are high-class intermediates used in the manufacture of agrochemicals and wood protectants, surfactants for detergents and cleaning products, process chemicals for gas treatment, lubricants and cement additives as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients.

By: Becky Zhang
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