China’s Dragon Aromatics eyes on-spec PX in end-June/early-July

07 June 2013 04:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Dragon Aromatics expects to achieve on-spec paraxylene (PX) output at its new facility in Fujian province in end-June/early July, a company source said on Friday.

The company started trial runs at the aromatics plant in end-April, using feedstock mixed xylenes (MX) at the facility's first 800,000 tonne/year PX line.

“The unit was being tested with feedstock MX for the month of May, and operations have been smooth,” the source said.

Around 7,000 tonnes of MX was fed into the PX unit, according to the source.

Dragon Aromatics started feeding condensate into the plant on 3-4 June, the source said. 

“We are currently in the trial stage, and are making sure that the plant will be able to operate smoothly on both alternatives,” the source said.

Dragon Aromatics plans to start up its other 800,000 tonne/year PX line in August, the source added.

The company’s aromatics facility in Fujian has a nameplate capacity of 1.6m tonnes/year of PX and 240,000 tonnes/year of orthoxylene (OX).

By: Samuel Wong

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