MOSCOW (MRC) -- CTCI Beijing, a CTCI subsidiary company, has completed the first phase of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of a resin plant owned by Zhangzhou CHIMEI Chemical Company in Zhangzhou, China, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Having reached mechanical completion in May and begun commissioning in July, the first phase is slated to produce 450 kilo-tons per annum of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile styrene (AS).
Commercial operation will begin this September.
TS Zhang, Chairman of CTCI Beijing, says, “This project is another successful cooperation with CHIMEI since 2012. With this project delivered, we helped CHIMEI further consolidate its position in the Chinese market, realizing multiple goals including product line diversification, quality enhancement, and value adding, all so important given its stance as a global leading supplier of ABS. During execution of this project, CTCI Beijing managed to minimize the impact by COVID-19 pandemic and completed the task on time and to quality specifications. At the same time, we have reached a safety record of 6 million man-hours without lost-time injuries. CTCI is committed to delivering follow-up job items fulfilling the brand spirit of being the most reliable engineering services provider.”
The plant’s second phase expansion, which will produce 150 kilo-tons ABS and AS per annum, is now under way and will begin commercial operation in July 2023.
Once the plant comes fully online, it will produce 600 kilo-tons of ABS and AS per annum, becoming a world-leading ABS production base. It will be able to meet the growing ABS demand by local household appliance and motor industries, and will help drive development for up- and downstream businesses.
This is CHIMEI’s second production base in China. The geographical location of the plant at Zhangzhou Gulei Port Economic Development Zone in Fujian Province - one of China’s seven major petrochemical bases - allows quick access to required materials, such as styrene and butadiene, as well as fine utility resources like natural gas, plant air, nitrogen, steam, and wastewater treatment, saving tremendous operation and investment cost.
CTCI has closely worked with CHIMEI in other projects in the past, include ABS, HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and SSBR (solution polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber) EPC projects in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China. These track records have led to CTCI’s ABS/AS contract award in Zhangzhou.
As MRC reported earlier, in October 2020, Zhangzhou Chi Mei Chemical unveiled plans to build a polystyrene (PS) plant with a capacity of 300,000 mt/year in Zhangzhou (Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China). The plant will consist of four lines with a capacity of 75,000 mt/year each. It will be located in the Guley petrochemical industry park. The timing of the project is unknown.
CTCI has been providing comprehensive and state-of-the-art engineering services worldwide, and has become a preferred partner for clients across Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.