S Korea's Honam Petchem runs China ethanolamines plant at 100%

10 October 2012 09:58  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical has ramped up to full production at its new 50,000 tonne/year ethanolamines plant at Jiaxing in Zhejiang province this week as feedstock supply became more stable, a company source said on Wednesday.

The ethanolamines plant was previously running at around 50-60% of capacity after it was brought on stream in late September because of insufficient supply of feedstock ethylene oxide (EO).

The ethanolamines plant secures its feedstock on site – from a 100,000 tonne/year EO plant, which is jointly owned by Honam Petrochemical and China Sanjiang Fine Chemical.

The EO plant, which was also started up on 29-30 September, is currently running at more than 90% of capacity, the source said.

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

By: Becky Zhang
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