China’s Guanghui Energy shuts chemical complex down after fire

09 April 2013 05:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Guanghui Energy said on Tuesday its coal-based chemical complex at Hami in northwestern Xinjiang province was taken off stream on 6 April following a severe fire at the site.

The fire took place at 11:42 hours local time and was extinguished at 14:00 hours on the same day, the company said in a statement. There were no casualties, it added.

The complex can produce 1.2m tonnes/year of methanol, 800,000 tonnes/year of dimethyl ether (DME) and 500 million cubic metres (mcm)/year of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Initial assessments found that the fire incurred a loss of around yuan (CNY) 50m ($8m), Guanghui Energy said.

As the incident is still under investigation, the company said it is unable to confirm a restart date for the complex at the moment, according to the statement.

The complex started commercial operations early December last year.

($1 = CNY6.21)

By: Fanny Zhang
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