Sinopec Guangzhou shuts CDU, three units on emissions issues

08 October 2012 10:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec Guangzhou has shut its 5.2m tonne/year crude distillation unit (CDU) and three auxiliary units because of emissions issues, while operations continue at its cracker and downstream units, sources close to the company said on Monday.

Sinopec ordered in late September the shutdown of three Guangdong-based subsidiaries, including Sinopec Guangzhou, Zhanjiang Dongxing Petrochemical and Zhanjiang New Sino-US Chemical, in response to media reports that those companies have long been violating environmental rules.

The 5.2m tonne/year CDU was shut on 29 September together with three auxiliary units at Guangzhou: a 1.5m tonne/year catalytic cracker, a 1m tonne/year coker and a 400,000 tonne/year reformer, according to the sources.

The company is currently working with local environmental bodies on the rectification measures and restart schedule for the four units, the sources said.  

Sinopec Guangzhou continues to operate its 8m tonne/year CDU and chemical units, including a naphtha cracker that can produce 220,000 tonne/year of ethylene, a 200,000 tonne/year polyethylene plant and a 190,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant, at the same site, the sources added.

Additional reporting by Jean Zou and Rain Dong

By: Fanny Zhang
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