China’s Ningxia Younglight Energy delays VAM trial ops to February

10 January 2014 02:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Ningxia Younglight Energy Chemical has further delayed the start of trial operations at its 450,000 tonne/year vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant at Yinchuan, Ningxia province, to February because of poor weather conditions, a company source said on Friday.
“Operations will start up after the Lunar New Year holidays,” the source said.

This followed earlier postponements caused by delays in the mechanical completion of the plant as well as delays in securing certification and permits.

The plant is slated for commercial production in March-April 2014.

The carbide-based integrated plant in Ningxia province was initially scheduled to go on stream in the first quarter of 2013.

The company is expected to start up a downstream polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) plant and a 200,000 tonne/year 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant at the same time.

Construction of the VAM and PVOH plants began in March 2011.

Apart from its captive consumption of VAM, the company will target the domestic markets of northwest Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and the southern China coastal markets, namely the vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions and adhesives industries.

Ningxia Younglight Energy Chemical is a subsidiary of Guodian Power Development Co, which is based in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of Yinchuan city.

By: Helen Lee
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