China’s Shandong Dongfang Hualong restarts gas fractionation unit

19 November 2012 09:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Dongfang Hualong restarted its 200,000 tonne/year gas fractionation unit in Shandong province on 17 November after it completed a month-long turnaround, a company source said on Monday.

The gas fractionation unit is expected to produce on-spec propylene late in the week ending 23 November, the source added.

Shandong Dongfang Hualong shut the unit down on 2 October for maintenance, the source said.

The Chinese producer also restarted its 1.4m tonne/year catalytic cracking unit (CCU) unit on 7 November and finished the repairs for its propylene tanks on 15 November, the source added.

There are concerns that the output from Shandong Dongfang Hualong’s unit will exert downward pressure on propylene prices in the coming weeks as the domestic propylene supply in China is expected to increase, market players said

By: Jessica Li
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