Jiangsu Sopo's etac output unaffected by acetic acid plant outage

22 March 2013 02:42  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Chinese producer Jiangsu Sopo Chemical’s ethyl acetate (etac) output has not been affected by the unplanned shutdown at one of its acetic acid units during the week, a company source said on Friday.

This is because the producer is running its 500,000 tonne/year etac plant at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province at around 50% capacity despite the 20 March shutdown of its larger acetic acid unit, the source said.

The larger of its two acetic acid plants at the same Zhenjiang site was taken off line late on 20 March because of a mechanical problem, the source said.

However, workers have not been able to determine the cause of the mechanical failure, as the unit remained too hot for inspection to be safely carried out, the source added.

Inspection of the acetic acid unit can only be carried out safely on the weekend of 23-24 March, when the unit has completely cooled down, the source said.

Jiangsu Sopo is maintaining its etac output with acetic acid produced at its smaller plant, the source added.

Jiangsu Sopo’s two acetic acid plants have a combined capacity of 1m tonnes/year. Its third and smallest acetic acid plant at the Zhenjiang site, which has 200,000 tonnes/year capacity, has been idle since April 2011.

By: Trisha Huang

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