09 May 2013 10:14 [Source: ICIS news]
TAIPEI (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Hongxin will begin catalyst change on its first phthalic anhydride (PA) line on 10 May, eight days later than expected, a company source said on Thursday.
“A further delay in the catalyst arrival had pushed the shut down date by a little more than a week,” a company source said.
The company has planned for a similar catalyst change in their second PA line for end May but the date has been pushed back to June.
“We have pushed back the dates for the second catalyst change as there were similar delays in the delivery of the second catalyst,” added the source.
The two PA lines in Shandong province have a nameplate capacity of 50,000 tonne/year of PA each.
The new catalyst will enable the company the flexibility of using either naphthalene or OX as feedstock.
“OX prices have been consistently higher than PA prices (on the back of) persistent tight supply as OX producers were increased operating rates for (co-product) paraxylene (PX), lowering OX output.
With the new catalyst, the company can now have the flexibility of switching to naphthalene depending on the economics,” the source explained.
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