08 May 2013 05:14 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre Co (YCF) has achieved on-spec production at its new 100,000 tonne/year 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant in Jiangsu province that was started up on 1 May, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.
Commercial sales have yet to start as plant output remains limited for the time being, the source said without providing the current operating rate of the unit.
YCF shelled out yuan (CNY) 1.64bn ($266m) to build the plant, the source said.
Half of the plant’s BDO output would be used to produce 35,800 tonnes/year of tetrahydrofuran and 4,900 tonnes/year of gamma-butyrolactone, the source said.
1,4-BDO is a feedstock in the production of the fine chemicals, which can be used in plastics, elastic fibers, pharmaceutical, pesticide, cosmetic sectors.
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