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Sinopec Zhongyuan starts turnaround at MTO plant in China

July 30/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinopec Zhongyuan Petrochemical, part of Sinopec Group, has taken off-stream its methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant, as per Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the company halted operations at the plant on July 24, 2020 for a maintenance turnaround. The plant is likely to remain off-line till early-November, 2020.

Located at Henan in China, the MTO plant has an ethylene and propylene capacity of 100,000 mt/year each.

As MRC reported earlier, Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co. (SSTPC), a 50-50 joint venture of Sinopec and SABIC, has shut its naphtha cracker in Tianjin on 1 May 2020 for routine maintenance work. The cracker is expected to remain off-line until early July 2020. The naphtha cracker is designed to produce 1 million tons/year of ethylene, which supplies several local buyers in the Tianjin area.

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

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) is a super-large petroleum and petrochemical enterprise group established in July 1998 on the basis of the former China Petrochemical Corporation. Sinopec Group"s key business activities include the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, petrochemicals and other chemical products, oil refining.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, Sabic, Sinopec, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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