Sinopec Maoming shuts LDPE line in Guangdong on mechanical issues

10 October 2012 03:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Chinas Sinopec Maoming shut its 250,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) line at its Maoming plant in Guangdong province at 21:30 hours local time (13:30 hours GMT) on 8 October, because of mechanical issues, a company source said late on Tuesday.

The LDPE line is expected to be shut for a few days, the source added. However, the details of the mechanical issues were not immediately available.

The company’s LDPE plant has one other line with a capacity of 120,000 tonnes/year. The line continues to run at an operating rate of 97% capacity, the source said.

The shutdown at the line will not cause PP supply to be tight in south China because the shutdown time is short and the fundamental demand is still weak, a local market player said.

By: Rain Dong

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