SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical shuts PE plants for repairs

15 October 2012 09:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical shut both its linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) plants in Tianjin on 15 October, because of mechanical issues, a company source said on Monday.

The 300,000 tonne/year LLDPE and 300,000 tonne/year HDPE plants were taken off line, because of an instability issue found in a compressor at its 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker, the source said.

The naphtha cracker is due to be shut on 17 October, while its 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at the same site is scheduled to shut on 16 October, the source added.

The turnaround for all the plants may last more than five days and the exact restart date will depend on the extent of maintenance required.

The naphtha cracker and derivative units were restarted during the week of 30 September to 7 October after scheduled maintenance.

While the supply of PE in the market is expected to decrease during the shutdown, any price increment will largely depend whether the demand of PE improves, according to market sources.

By: Doreen Zhao

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