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Sinopec Anqing refinery to shut three units in central Anhui province in February

February 14/2020

MOSCOW (MRC)  -- China's Sinopec Anqing refinery in central Anhui province plans to shut three units in February and cut its run rate to 55% from a planned 94% due to manpower shortage and reduced demand after thee coronavirus outbreak, reported S&P Global with reference to a refinery source's statement.

"The current throughput for February is 350,000 mt in February, falls from original planned 600,000 mt," the source said.

The refinery has idled a 4 million mt/year crude distillation unit and a 1.4 million mt/year fluid catalytic cracking unit, the source said, adding it was also planning to shut a 1 million mt/year delayed coker in mid-February.

Anqing refinery has two CDUs and three FCCs. While the above units are shut, it's now operating a 5 million mt/year CDU and two FCC with a total processing capacity of 2.7 million mt/year, according to the source.

We remind that, as MRC wrote previously, Sinopec Guangzhou Petrochemical, part of China's petrochemical giant - Sinopec, resumed operations at its cracker in China on December 5, 2019, following a turnaround. The cracker was shut for maintenance on October 12, 2019. Located in the Guangzhou province of China, the cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 260,000 mt/year and propylene production capacity of 150,000 mt/year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,093,260 tonnes in 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments rose from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,260,400 tonnes in January-December 2019, up by 4% year on year. Supply of almost all grades of propylene polymers increased, except for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Sinopec, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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