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Sinopec Zhongyuan shut 180,000 T of ethylene capacity

August 04/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinopec Corps Zhongyuan Petrochemical Corp has shut down its ethylene production of 180,000 tonnes per year from Aug. 1 until Sept. 14 for maintenance, reported Reuters with reference to Sinopec's  statement.

The plant, based in the central region of Henan, also plans to carry out maintenance on its 600,000-tonnes-per-year methanol to olefins (MTO) unit during the period of July 24 to Oct. 22.

The overhaul aims to eliminate safety risks at the production units and to ensure smooth operation in the next five years, the statement said.

Zhongyuan Petrochemical also has polyethylene (PE) production capacity of 260,000 tonnes per year and polypropylene (PP) capacity of 160,000 tonnes per year.

As MRC wrote previously, in mid-June 2020, top Chinese state refiner Sinopec Corp said it had started up a USD6 billion new refinery and petrochemical plant in south China, making it the countrys third integrated complex to start operations in the past 18 months or so. The Sinopec venture, situated in coastal city of Zhanjiang, comprises a 200,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude oil refinery and an 800,000 tonne-per-year ethylene facility, built at a cost of 44 billion yuan (USD6.2 billion), Sinopec said in a statement.

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, crude and gaz condensate, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Sinopec, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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