China's Sinopec plans first ethane/LPG cracker in Qingdao

27 June 2013 10:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec plans to build its first cracker that will use ethane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as feedstocks, at Qingdao in Shandong province, sources familiar with the issue said on Thursday.

The cracker is expected to produce 1m tonnes/year of ethylene and is slated to come on stream in 2016, they said.

The project, which will cost yuan (CNY) 18.8bn ($3.1bn) to build over three years, is now pending environmental clearance from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), according to the government agency’s website.

The proposed project will include derivatives plants such as a 200,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit; a 200,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) unit; a 350,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit.

It will further have a 100,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide (EO) plant; a 750,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant; an 80,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) unit; and a 100,000 tonne/year ethylene-vinylacetate (EVA), based on information posted on MEP’s website.

The cracker will get its feedstock primarily from Sinopec’s 200,000 bbl/day refinery in Qingdao.

All Sinopec’s crackers are currently using naphtha as feedstock for production.

By: Fanny Zhang
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