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China to build new ethylene complexes in petrochemical wave

September 13/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) - China, the world's top chemicals consumer, is building and planning a total of 13 ethylene complexes between now and 2023, in the biggest wave of petrochemical expansions in its history, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

China is allowing greater access by global majors and local independents to its massive chemicals market to feed plastics, coatings and adhesives to the fast-growing consumer electronics and automotive sectors, as well as polyesters for clothing.

As MRC reported earlier, in May 2018, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Shell Nanhai B.V. (Shell) announced the official start-up of the second ethylene cracker at their Nanhai petrochemicals complex in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China. Several linked derivative units had also started up and the remaining units will start up progressively over the next few weeks. These new units were constructed by CNOOC and are owned and operated by the existing CNOOC and Shell Petrochemical Company (CSPC) joint venture.

The new ethylene cracker increases ethylene capacity at the complex by around 1.2 million tonnes per year, more than doubling the capacity of the complex, and benefits from a deep integration with adjacent CNOOC refineries. The new facility will also include a styrene monomer and propylene oxide (SMPO) plant, which will be the largest in China when it begins operations.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PS, PE, propylene, styrene, ethylene, CNOOC, Shell, China.
Category:General News
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