MOSCOW (MRC) -- China’s Maoming Petrochemical, part of Sinopec, has decided to bring forward the maintenance shutdown schedule at its plant in Guangdong after a fire broke out at the complex, forcing the producer to shut the No. 2 cracker, according to CommoPlast.
It is reported that the fire started at one of the furnaces at the No. 2 cracker at noon on 30 March 2022. It took the response team about half an hour to distinguish the blaze.
Maoming Petrochemical initially planned an overhaul at several units at the beginning of May 2022 for 48 days, however, the maintenance has now been brought forward. The turnaround at its No.2 cracker started on 30 March, 2022.
As MRC informed before, Sinopec Maoming Petrochemical Company delayed the turnaround at its No. 2 low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit in Guangdong, China until 24 March, 2021. Initially the company intended to take off-stream its 250,000 tons/year No. 2 LDPE unit on 15 March, 2021.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,487,450 tonnes in 2021, up by 13% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 1,494.280 tonnes, up by 21% year on year. Deliveries of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whreas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
Sinopec corp. is one of the world's largest integrated energy and chemical companies. Business Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp. ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity - fourth.