China’s Jiangsu Sopo to shut acetic acid unit; etac output stable

29 March 2013 03:41  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Chinese producer Jiangsu Sopo Chemical plans to shut its acetic acid plant at Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province on the weekend of 30-31 March to carry out further repairs, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which is the larger of its two acetic acid plants with a combined capacity of 1m tonnes/year, was shut on 20 March because of a mechanical failure.

However, the producer restarted the plant after three days in order to meet its sales commitments, the source said.

Further repairs have necessitated the second shutdown, which is scheduled to start over the weekend, the source explained.

The shutdown may last about a week, although it remains unclear how long the repairs will take, the source added.

Its third and smallest 200,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant at the Zhenjiang site has been idle since April 2011. There is no immediate plan to restart this plant, the source said.

Throughout this period, Jiangsu Sopo’s etac output has not been affected by the acetic acid production issue, the company source said.

Jiangsu Sopo has maintained stable output at about 50% capacity at its downstream 500,000 tonne/year etac plant at the same site, the source added.

By: Trisha Huang

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