China’s Yihai Kerry shuts Lianyungang ECH plant for maintenance

29 July 2014 00:00 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Yihai Kerry shut its 50,000 tonne/year glycerine-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant at Lianyungang in Jiangsu province on 28 July for annual maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday.

The turnaround will likely last for three to four weeks but the exact plant restart date has not yet been determined, the source said.

The unit was running at 30% of capacity before the shut down, the source added.

The turnaround is not expected to have an impact on the spot supply to its customers, the source said.

The company has another 50,000 tonne/year line at the site that has been idle since 2013, according to market sources.

Yihai Kerry – a subsidiary of Wilmar International Ltd – is the third largest ECH producer in China in terms of nameplate capacity, after Shandong Haili Chemical Industry and Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Group.

Jiangsu Yangnong uses glycerine feedstock for ECH production, while Shandong Haili uses the more commonly used feedstock - propylene.

By Matthew Chong