Sinopec SABIC Tianjin delays north China BD unit restart

09 October 2012 12:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical delayed the restart of its 200,000 tonnes/year butadiene (BD) unit in Tianjin, north China on technological issue, after the planned 40-day shutdown from 26 August, a company source said on Tuesday.

However, the company did not disclose the details of the plant’s restart time.

The shutdown at BD unit followed the maintenance at its upstream 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker, which was shut on 23 August and restarted on 2 October.

Part of the BD cargoes from the unit is supplied to Tianjin Dagu Chemical’s 200,000 tonne/year acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) unit at Tianjin and Tianjin Lugang Petroleum Rubber’s 100,000 tonne/year styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) unit at Tianjin by pipeline.

Tianjin Dagu’s ABS unit was running at the operating rate of 30-40% capacity and Tianjin Lugang’s SBR unit will be shut from 8 August to late October, company sources confirmed. 

Sinopec SABIC Tianjin is a 50:50 joint venture between petrochemical majors SABIC of Saudi Arabia and Sinopec of China.

By: Amber Liu
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