10 May 2013 10:58 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Sanyue Chemical achieved on-spec production of propylene oxide (PO) at its epichlorohydrin (ECH)/PO swing plant early this week, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The 80,000 tonne/year PO facility is also expected to steadily increase production rates once it can consistently produce on-spec material, the source added. It is currently running at 70-80% of its annual capacity.
However, any PO produced at the moment is reserved for captive use at the company’s downstream mono propylene glycol (MPG) plant at the same site, the source said.
Separately, Shandong Sanyue Chemical plans to eventually double the PO unit’s capacity to 160,000 tonnes/year.
The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sanmu Group.
Additional reporting by Caroline Zhang in Shanghai
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