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Dushanzi Petrochemical starts-up ethane-to-ethylene project in Xinjiang

September 01/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) - PetroChina, Asia's largest oil and gas producer, said on Tuesday its company had launched an 8.04 billion yuan (USD1.24 billion) ethane-fed ethylene project in China's far western region of Xinjiang, reported Reuters.

The project is designed to produce 600,000 tonnes of ethylene, 300,000 tonnes of high density polyethylene  (HDPE) and 300,000 tonnes of full-density polyethylene (PE) per year.

The project will help reduce dependence on foreign ethylene processing technology, PetroChina said in a statement. The ethane to be used as feedstock in the project will be separated from natural gas produced from the Tarim oilfield.

Dushanzi Petrochemical now has an annual ethylene capacity of 2 million tonnes. In early August, PetroChina finished trial operation of an 800,000 tonnes-per-annum ethane-to-ethylene plant in Shaanxi province.

As MRC wrote before, PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical Co Ltd , part of the Chinese petrochemical major - PetroChina,successfully started up its new polypropylene (PP) plant in the third week of August. Based in Liaoning City, Liaoyang Province, China, the new PP plant has a production capacity of 300,000 tons/year.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of PE and PP, respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

PetroChina Company Limited, is a Chinese oil and gas company and is the listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, headquartered in Dongcheng District, Beijing. It is China's biggest oil producer.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, PetroChina, Zhejiang Dushan Energy, China.
Category:General News
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