China’s Daqing Petrochemical restarts naphtha cracker after outage

19 April 2013 04:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS )--China’s Daqing Petrochemical restarted its 600,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Daqing in Heilongjiang province on 18 April, a company source said on Friday.

The naphtha cracker has yet to produce on-spec ethylene after coming on stream, the source added. The cracker was shut completely in the days following a fire on 30 November last year, as it sustained serious damages.

The producer may also restart its derivative 200,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant and 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene/linear low density polyethylene (HDPE/LLDPE) swing plant after on-spec ethylene has been produced, the source said.

However, the exact restart date for the derivative plants has not been confirmed, the source added.

On 29 March, the producer restarted its 250,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE swing plant at the same Heilongjiang site. The three derivative plants were shut following the fire incident on the site.

By: Doreen Zhao

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