China's Tianjin Bohai starts up 600,000 tonne/year PDH unit

26 September 2013 11:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry Group started up its 600,000 tonne/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit on 25 September, but the plant has yet to achieve on-spec propylene production, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

“They put in the feedstock yesterday and are targeting to have on-spec product at the end of the month,” the source said.

The company had encountered technical issues in its earlier few attempts to start up the propylene unit this month.

“It is not clear if they will be successful this time. We have to wait and see,” a Chinese trader said.

Construction of the plant, which will be the first PDH unit to come in operation in China, started in June 2011.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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