MOSCOW (MRC) -- Guangxi Huayi Energy Chemical expects to start up a new coal-fed methanol plant at China's Qinzhou port in May or June 2021, according to Apic-online.
This facility with the capacity of 1.8-million-t/y will be the largest methanol plant along China's coastal regions and will source around 2.7-million t/y to 3-million t/y of coal to feed the plant.
Guangxi Huayi also expects to start up a 500,000-t/y downstream acrylic acid (AA) unit around the same time as the methanol plant, and a 700,000-t/y AA unit at the end of 2021.
The AA plants will use the methanol as feedstock.
As MRC reported earlier, in February 2021, Versalis S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese), the chemical company of Italian energy major Eni, licensed to Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. a low density polyethylene/ethyl vinyl acetate (LDPE/EVA) swing unit to be built as part of a new gas-to-chemical complex based on MTO-methanol to olefins technology to be located in the Karakul area in the Bukhara region of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The plant is part of a global complex that will have a major importance in Central Asia due to its size and the technologies involved. Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd., one of the largest construction companies in the region, will act as licensee on behalf of the Uzbek Company Jizzakh Petroleum JV LLC, who will own and operate the LDPE/EVA unit and the entire Gas to Chemical Complex once built and made ready for operation.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.