UpdateChina LLDPE futures surge 4% on Daqing Petrochemical outage

03 December 2012 04:44  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) futures surged 4% on Monday morning, hitting the maximum gain that can be generated for the day, industry sources said.

May LLDPE futures, the most actively traded contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), were at yuan (CNY) 10,405/tonne ($1,670/tonne) at 11:15 Beijing time (03:15 GMT), up by CNY400/tonne from the settlement price of CNY10,005/tonne on 30 November.

Prices spiked following an unexpected shutdown at the polyethylene facilities of Daqing Petrochemical that is expected to last about two months, industry sources said.

An explosion occurred at the company’s 600,000 tonne/year cracker in Daqing on 30 November, prompting the shutdown of its 250,000 tonne/year HDPE (high density polyethylene)/LLDPE swing plant and its 300,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE swing unit.

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

($1 = CNY6.23)

By: Amy Yu

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