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Sinochem Hongrun shut its new PX plant in Shandong province owing to technical issues

October 25/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinochem Hongrun's new 800,000 mt/year PX plant in the Weifang Binhai economic development zone in Shandong province was shut down last week, sources said, attributing the shutdown to technical issues, reported S&P Global.

Market sources said Hongrun had been selling MX cargoes in the domestic market, after the PX plant was shut down.

The shutdown is expected to last for two weeks, but that could not be immediately confirmed. The new PX plant was started in June.

Hongrun is expected to sell about 30,000 mt/month of PX to Yisheng Petrochemical, China's largest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) producer, which will be delivered by ship to the latter's PTA plants at Dalian.

As MRC informed before, China's Fuhaichuang Petroleum and Petrochemical, formerly known as Dragon Aromatics, shut one of its two PX lines at Gulei, Fujian province on 14 October also due to poor margins. The company has two lines that both can produce 800,000 mt/year of PX.

PX is a feedstock for the production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA). PTA is used to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which, in its turn, is used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles, films, packaging containers, in the textile and food industries.

According to MRC's DataScope report, Chinese bottle grade PET deliveries to Russia increased 34% in the first eight months of 2019 to 95,600 tonnes. China accounted for 90% of the total imports, compared to 85% a year earlier.
August imports of material from China decreased by 41% to 7,600 tonnes from 12,800 tonnes in July. Jiangsu Sanfangxiang, Yisheng, Wankai and Sinopec were the leading Chinese suppliersof material to the Russian market.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:paraxylene (PX), PET-granulate, terephthalic acid, packaging, Fuhaichuang Petrochemical, Sinochem, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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