China’s Chongqing Kabeile may delay new methanol plant start-up

21 November 2012 09:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Chongqing Kabeile may delay a planned start-up of its new 850,000 tonne/year natural gas-based methanol plant at Chongqing in southwest China to end of December this year, a company source said on Wednesday.

“We may have to delay the [start-up] target schedule by two months – to the end of December – because of tight supply of feedstock natural gas”, the source said.

The company is expected to achieve on-spec production at the plant in January 2013, the source added.

Before the latest delay the initial plan was to bring the plant on line in August but the start-up had to be pushed back due to the lack of availability of natural gas.

Construction of the plant started in December 2009, the source said.

Chongqing Kabeile Chemical is a subsidiary of Chongqing Chemical and Pharmaceutical Holding Group.

By: Rachel Qian

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