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China’s Sinopec Yangzi takes cracker offline after fire

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 31/03/2017 (17:59)
According to sources close to the company, China’s Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical has taken its No 1 steam cracker at Nanjing offline on March 30 due to a fire which broke out at the unit.

The fire also caused 800,000 tons/year ethylene unit, 400,000 tons/year propylene unit, four PE lines with a capacity of 180,000 tons/year, two PP plants with a capacity of 400,000 tons/year and a 220,000 tons/year butadiene line to shut down while 260,000 tons/year MEG unit had to reduce its operating rate.

The 1,350,000 tons/year PTA line at the site was not affected.

It is not yet known how long the units will remain shut.

In addition, the company’s 70,000 tons/year No 1 PPBC line and 70,000 tons/year No 2 PPBC line will undergo a planned maintenance on May 21 for 40 days while its new PP line will be shut from May 27 to July 7 for scheduled maintenance.
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