26 November 2012 07:48 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Cangzhou Dahua shut its 580,000 tonne/year urea plant at Cangzhou in Hebei province on 24 November because its supply of feedstock natural gas was halted, the company said in a statement over the weekend.
The Chinese producer also took a 30,000 tonne/year nitric acid unit at the same site off line on the same day, according to the statement.
PetroChina’s northeast branch suspended its natural gas supply to Cangzhou Dahua’s urea plant on 24 November because the oil company has to ensure there is sufficient supply for households. Household demand for gas has been rising significantly because of falling temperatures.
In China, residents are prioritised over industries that use natural gas. The supply of natural gas to fertilizer producers is suspended almost every winter when residents require more gas for heating purposes, industry sources said.
Cangzhou Dahua has produced more than 510,000 tonnes of urea as of 22 November, which are equivalent to around 93% of its production target for this year, according to the statement.
Its toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facility, which has a combined capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year, is not affected by the gas supply issue, the producer said.
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