China's Tianjin Soda runs new oxo-alcohols facility at 50%

23 September 2013 04:08  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Tianjin Soda runs its new 250,000 tonne/year oxo-alcohols facility, at 50% of capacity following its start-up on 18 September, a company source said on Monday.

The facility, located in Tianjin, includes a 140,000 tonne/year 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) unit, an 85,000 tonne/year n-butanol (NBA) unit, and a 25,000 tonne/year isobutanol (IBA) unit, the source added.

The company source said it achieved on-spec products on 21 September.

With the new unit start-up bringing its total capacity to 500,000 tonnes/year, Tianjin Soda has become the biggest oxo-alcohols supplier in the domestic market, according to the source.

The start-up is expected to ease the tight domestic oxo-alcohols supply in the near term, a market player said.

However, the increased supply is also likely to dampen market confidence, the market player added.

By: Lina Xu
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