Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical restarts cracker, PE, PP units

08 October 2012 05:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical (SSTPC) restarted its 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker and derivative units in Tianjin during the country's week-long Mid-Autumn festival and National Day holiday, a company source said on Monday.

The plants were restarted during the week of 30 September to 7 October as scheduled and have currently resumed normal operating capacity, the source added.

The derivative plants include a 300,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) and a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plants.

The derivative plants and naphtha cracker were shut on 21 and 22 August respectively for regular maintenance.

Prices are expected to be affected, as the plants’ restart will increase the supply of both the PE and PP in the market, sources said. However, the price direction is unclear, they added.

SSTPC is a joint venture between China’s Sinopec and Saudi Arabia’s SABIC. The manufacturer is located in Tianjin Binhai New Area.

By: Doreen Zhao

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