China's Fujian Refining & Petchem cuts aroms unit run rate to 60%

23 January 2013 09:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's Fujian Refining & Petrochemical Co (FREP) cut the operating rates of its aromatics unit in Quanzhou to 60% from 100% on Wednesday because of technical issues at an upstream refinery, a company source said.

The aromatics plant – which can produce 260,000 tonnes/year of benzene; 250,000 tonnes/year of toluene; 740,000 tonnes/year of xylenes; and 700,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX) – may run at this reduced rate for two to three days, the source said.

Most of FREP’s toluene and xylene output is for captive use of its PX facility, hence, the impact of the cuts in the plant’s operating rates on China’s overall aromatics market in China may be limited, market sources said.

By: Doris Shen

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