China's Daqing Petchem runs SM unit in spite of cracker outage

03 December 2012 09:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Daqing Petrochemical’s 225,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) plant in Heilongjiang province has remained running in spite of the outage at the company’s new 600,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at the site, a source close to the company said on Monday.

The SM plant is currently operating at 50-60% of capacity as it secures feedstock from an old naphtha/light gas oil (LGO) cracker nearby, the source said.

The new cracker, which started up in October, caught fire on 30 November, prompting a partial shutdown of the unit, along with two polymer plants.

The old cracker, with the same 600,000 tonne/year ethylene capacity, consists of a 270,000 tonnes/year and a 330,000 tonnes/year production facilities, the source said.

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

By: Echo Chen

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