China’s Sinopec Anqing achieves on-spec ACN at new plant

04 February 2013 06:36  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec Anqing Company has achieved on-spec product at its new 130,000 tonne/year acrylonitrile (ACN) plant on 2 February in Anqing city of Anhui province, a company source said on Monday.

The plant started up in the end of January and was put into production on 31 January 2013, the source said.

The company earlier expected that on-spec products will be achieved by end January 2013, according to an earlier report.

The company has another ACN plant with capacity of 80,000 tonnes/year at present, and also has downstream 70,000 tonnes/year acrylic fiber (AF) plant at the same site, the source said.

The 130,000tonne/year new ACN plant was running around 70-75%.  

Given the short supply of raw material propylene the company will shut down the 80,000tonne/year ACN plant as scheduled after the 130,000tonne/year ACN plant runs normally, the source added.

Its AF plant was running at 100% after the start up of the ACN plant while since August last year it was running at 85% of capacity, the source said.

China’s total capacity of ACN will reach 1.416m tonnes/year after Anqing Petrochemical’s new plant, according to data from Chemease, an ICIS Service in China.

By: Ivy Ruan

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