MOSCOW (MRC) -- Scientific Design Company, Inc. (SD) has announced the successful commissioning and start-up of the Fujian Gulei Petrochemical Co., Ltd. EO/EG plant located in Zhangzhou, Fujian, China licensed by SD with a capacity of 700 KTA monoethylene Glycol (MEG) and 100 kta purified ethylene oxide, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The plant was able to achieve capacity and produce high quality products within a few days of feed introduction.
Along with the use of SD’s process technology, the plant is operating with SD’s SynDox ethylene oxide catalyst.
The plant is part of a 50:50 joint venture between Sinopec’s Fujian Petrochemical Company Ltd and Taiwan Xuteng Investment Company Ltd and Gulei is one of the seven major petrochemical industry bases in China.
As MRC wrote before, the trial runs at Fujian Gulei's new MEG plant with the capacity of 700,000 mt/year began on 7 August, 2021, and Gulei Refining & Chemical was then in the proces of ramping up its production capacity.
We remind that Fujian Gulei Petrochemical received commercial production at its new steam cracker in Zhangzhou (Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China) on August 18, 2021. And before that, the company supplied naphtha to this cracker with a capacity of 800,000 mt/year of ethylene on August 17, thereby starting test production there.
MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated PET consumption in Russia increased to 56,960 tonnes in September 2021, up by 10% year on year. Russia's overall PET consumption reached 592,560 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 12% year on year.
SD has licensed over 100 ethylene oxide/MEG plants in 25 countries around the world.
Fujian Gulei Petrochemical Co. Ltd. headquartered in Xiamen (Xiamen, China) was established in November 2016. The company is a 50:50 joint venture between China's Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited (FPCL, part of Sinopec) and Taiwan's Taiwan Xuteng Investment Company Limited. It was established for the construction of an integrated petrochemical complex in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, southeastern China.