CHINA: Mitsui JV with Sinopec starts EPT plant; eyes phenol, acetone production in Dec.

In 2012, the two companies created the equally-owned joint venture to build a 75,000-t/y EPT plant using metallocene catalyst technology in China's Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. Operations were scheduled to begin during the first quarter of this year.

A separate joint venture of Mitsui and Sinopec, Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemicals Co., is expected to begin production of phenol and acetone in December. The plant is designed to produce 250,000 t/y of phenol and 150,000 t/y of acetone.

Mitsui earlier said it planned to use production from this plant to supply its Tafmer alpha-olefin copolymer production in Jurong Island, Singapore.

In addition, Mitsui disclosed that its 60,000-t/y linear low-density polyethylene plant in Chiba, Japan, is tentatively scheduled to close in December 2014.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 10 Nov 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)