China’s Shenhua Ningxia delays operation of methanol-to-C3 facility

Source: ICIS News

2011/05/09

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--China’s Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group has delayed the commercial operation of its methanol-to-propylene (MTP) complex at Yinchuan in the northwestern Ningxia region to late this year, a company official said on Monday.

The company originally targeted to run the complex commercially in early 2011, according to the source, adding that technical issues had caused the delay.

The complex mainly includes a 1.67m tonne/year coal-to-methanol plant, a 490,000 tonne/year MTP plant and a 500,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit. The PP unit consists of two lines: one with a capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year and the other with 200,000 tonnes/year.

The MTP plant can yield around 20,000 tonnes/year of ethylene as a byproduct, according to the source.

“We’ve been testing the 300,000 tonne/year PP line for almost three months and received on-spec products in late April,” he said, adding that trial runs on the 200,000 tonne/year PP line have not started yet. 

Shenhua Ningxia will sell the PP products primarily to eastern China where consumption is bigger than in the western parts of the country, the source added.