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Updates on shutdowns and planned returns in China

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 11/10/2017 (11:26)
Several Chinese producers have scheduled maintenance shutdowns at their units in October while some producers have also resumed operations at their plants following maintenance turnarounds, according to sources close to the companies.

In the PE market, China Shenhua (Baotou) Charcoal Chemical Industry Co., Ltd has restarted its 300,000 ton/year HDPE unit after it was shut down for a planned turnaround on September 12.

Shenhua Ningmei Petrochemical has reportedly started test runs again at its new swing HDPE/LLDPE line with 370,000 tons/year capacity, although the exact date for commercial production remains unclear. The plant was originally planned to start up in June.

Meanwhile, Pucheng Clean Energy Chemical Company Ltd.’s slated shutdown has been delayed to mid-October. The unit, which is planned to be offline for 1 month, has a production capacity of 300,000 ton/year HDPE/LLDPE.

As for PP, Fund Energy Investment Holding Co Ltd still remains offline with no clear restart date after being taken offline on 1 July. The restart date of Shenhua Ningmei Petrochemical’s 600,000 ton/year PP plant is not clear either. The plant was taken offline on September 30 for a planned maintenance.

Datang Duolun Coal Chemical is expected to restart its 230,000 ton/year PP line after a planned shutdown that started on September 11 for 30 days.
Levima New Materials took its 200,000 ton/year PP unit offline in early October for 40 days.

However, Pucheng Clean Energy Chemical Company Ltd delayed the planned shutdown at its 400,000 ton/year PP plant to mid-October, sources reported.
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