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Oriental Petrochemical eyes maintenance at PTA unit

November 12/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Oriental Petrochemical Taiwan (OPTC) is likely to take off-stream its Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) unit for a turnaround, according to Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the company has planned to halt operations at the unit in mid-November, 2019. The unit is expected to resume production in end-November, 2019.

Located at Shanghai in China , the PTA unit has a production capacity of 700,000 mt/year.

As MRC informed before, another China's major PTA producer - Dushan Energy Ltd., a subsidiary of Xinfengming Group Co., Ltd - has partially started up its new 2.2 million mt/year purified terephthalic acid unit at Zhejiang in late October 2019. The unit consists of two trains with 1.1 million mt/year each, and the raw material paraxylene was fed into one of the trains on 30 October morning.

PTA is used to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles, films, packaging containers, in the textile and food industries.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PET consumption dropped in September 2019 by 10% year on year, totalling 58,210 tonnes. Overall, 551,320 tonnes of PET was processed in Russia in the first nine months of 2019, up 9% year on year.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PET-granulate, terephthalic acid, packaging, Oriental Petrochemical, Xinfengming Group, Zhejiang Dushan Energy, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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