China braces for Typhoon Utor; disruption to petchem ops unlikely

13 August 2013 10:04  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Typhoon Utor is expected to make a landfall in China’s southern coastal regions on Wednesday, but petrochemical operations in the area are unlikely to be affected, some industry players said on Tuesday.

Utor, which is packing winds of about 151 km/hour, is the 11th typhoon to hit China this year. It is expected to strike Guangdong and Hainan on 14 August, according to China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC).

Sinopec Maoming Co will continue operating its aromatics plant at in Guangdong province at 74% of capacity, according to a company source.

Its plant can produce 240,000 tonnes/year of benzene, 140,000 tonnes/year of toluene, and 105,000 tonnes/year of xylenes.

“We have well prepared for the coming of Typhoon Utor,” the source said, adding that southern China is frequented by typhoons every year.

Sinopec Zhanjiang Dongxing Petrochemical, which also has an aromatics plant in Guangdong, intends to continue operating its facility this week in spite of the typhoon, a company source said.

Its aromatics unit – which can produce 55,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 180,000 tonnes/year of xylenes – is currently running at 40% of capacity, the source said.

Additional reporting by Tracy Huang

By: Viola Pan
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