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Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical to restart its cracker in Wuhan in H2 December

December 11/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SKGC's joint venture Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical plans to restart its naphtha-fed steam cracker in Wuhan in the second-half of December as scheduled after the turnaround and debottlenecking, reported S&P Global with reference to the source's statement.

The cracker was shut down in October, S&P Global Platts reported previously.

SK Wuhan's steam cracker is able to produce 800,000 mt/year of ethylene and 400,000 mt/year of propylene.

After the debottlenecking, the cracker's ethylene production capacity will be increased to 1.1 million mt/year and propylene capacity to 550,000 mt/year.

The company will add a new 60,000 mt/year butadiene unit at the plant.

As MRC informed earlier, South Korea's SK Global Chemical (SKGC) shut its small No. 1 naphtha-fed steam cracker in Ulsan permanently on Dec. 10 due to aging-related issues. The No. 1 steam cracker is able to produce 200,000 mt/year of ethylene and 140,000 mt/year of propylene. The company will keep normal operations of its No. 2 steam cracker at the same location.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and PP.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,760,950 tonnes in the first ten months of 2020, up by 3% year on year. Only high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 978,870 tonnes in  January-October 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports minus producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, Sinopec, SK Corporation, China, Russia, South Korea.
Category:General News
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