Huizhou, Guangdong – CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Co. (CSPC) broke ground on its styrene monomer propylene oxide/polyether polyol project in Huizhou on August 18.
Located at the city’s Daya Bay Economic and Technological Development Zone, the project has 214,400 square meter total area with CNY 7bn ($1bn) investment earmarked, according to CNOOC’s website.
Local reports estimates that construction will take two years. This will be China’s largest and most advanced project of its kind when completed, according to CNOOC’s website.
The project’s capacity breaks down as follows: 300kT/year for SMPO; 500kT/year for POD; 100kT/year for polymer polyether polyol; 750kT/year ethylbenzene; and 630kT/year for styrene.
More than 200 improvements will be made to the SMPO facility compared with earlier equipment, making it significantly safer and able to reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.
CSPC currently has 6mT/year total capacity for various petrochemicals, and claims to have China’s largest plant for ethylene monomer.
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