China's Xianglu Petchem eyes Nov start-up for new PTA unit

24 October 2013 09:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Xianglu Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Dragon Group, plans to start up its new 4.5m tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit in November, a company source said on Thursday.

The start-up schedule of the new 4.5m tonne/year PTA plant, which is located at Zhangzhou in Fujian province, has been postponed by over a year because of slower-than-expected construction work at its upstream paraxylene (PX) unit at the same site, the source said.

“The start-up of the PTA unit will be in phases. We are targeting to start up the first reactor in November,” the source said.

The 4.5m tonne/year PTA unit has three reactors, each with a production capacity of 1.5m tonne/year, he added.

Construction work at the PTA project, integrated with upstream paraxylene (PX) units, started in May 2009 after being delayed from 2006 because it was relocated.

The capacities of the PX and PTA units were initially planned at 800,000 tonne/year and 2m tonne/year respectively, but has been scaled up to 1.6m tonne/year of PX and 4.5m tonne/year of PTA capacity in late 2011, the source said, but he did not elaborate further.

One of the two 800,000 tonne/year new PX units achieved on-spec production in August and the second line has started trial runs in early October, a second source from the company said. 

Xianglu Dragon Group also runs 600,000 tonne/year polyester plants at Xiamen in Fujian province, including a 250,000 tonne/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle chip line, a 200,000 tonne/year PET fibre chip unit and a 150,000 tonne/year polyester yarn plant.
By: Becky Zhang
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