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Chinas Shenhua Ningxia achieves on-spec propylene at MTP unit

October 11/2010

SHANGHAI (ICIS) -- Chinas major coal producer, Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co, has achieved on-spec propylene at its methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant in northwestern Ningxia province, a company source said on Monday.


The company started trial runs at the unit - with a name plate capacity of 470,000 tonnes/year - on 6 September and achieved on-spec product on 4 October, the source added.


"Actually, the MTP unit has a production capacity of 490,000 tonnes/year of propylene and other by-products like gasoline and ethylene in small volumes, the source said.


In addition to the MTP unit, the complex will also produce 1.67m tonnes/year of methanol and 500,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP) once it is fully operational.


Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co is a joint venture between the Ningxia provincial government and Chinas largest coal producer Shenhua Group Corp, with 49% and 51% stake-holding, respectively.

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