China’s Sinopec Yangzi increases nameplate capacity of EO unit

16 January 2013 06:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical has increased the nameplate capacity of its ethylene oxide (EO) unit at Nanjing in Jiangsu province to 180,000 tonnes/year from 120,000 tonnes/year, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The capacity expansion project began in June 2010 and a ceremony to mark its completion was held on 15 January, according to Sinopec Nanjing Engineering & Construction, one of the companies involved in the project.

Following the capacity expansion, the producer can now switch the unit’s output between EO and monoethylene glycol (MEG) depending on market demand, the source said.

The expanded unit is able to produce an estimated 186,000 tonnes/year of EO or 300,000 tonnes/year of MEG following the recent start-up, the source added.

However, the source did not specify the exact start-up date and financial details of the project.

Additional reporting by Sun Lei, Jenny Jin

By: Viola Pan
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