China’s SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical shuts aromatics plant

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

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical had shut one of its two aromatics plants following the shutdown of its 1m tonne/year naphtha cracker this week, a company source said on Friday.

The shut aromatics facility – which can produce 400,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 275,000 tonnes/year of toluene, and 310,000 tonnes/year of xylene – recently had a 30-day turnaround that ended 21 September.

The facility is expected to restart early next week, the company source said.

The cracker at the site was shut on 17 October because of mechanical troubles, according to market sources.

Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical is a 50:50 joint venture company between China’s state-owned Sinopec and Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC.

By: Rita Wu

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