China’s Daqing Petrochemical partly shuts cracker on fire – sources

03 December 2012 03:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Daqing Petrochemical was forced to shut part of its new 600,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Daqing city, Heilongjiang province, following a fire on 30 November, sources close to the company said on Monday.

“There was a fire outbreak but the cracker is not totally shut, only partly,” one of them said. The source did not provide further details.

The new cracker was started up on 6 October.

The company also operates a 600,000 tonne/year naphtha/light gas oil (LGO) cracker at the same site. Sources added that this cracker could possibly be operating at reduced rates but they could not provide further details. This cracker consists of two production facilities with capacities of 270,000 tonnes/year and 330,000 tonnes/year, according to the sources.

The sources added that the company’s derivative 250,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) swing plant and its 300,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE swing plant are currently shut for maintenance lasting around two months.

Daqing Petrochemical is a subsidiary of Chinese oil and gas giant PetroChina.

By: Helen Lee

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