Shaanxi, China -- Shaanxi Shanhua Coal Chemical Group had a successful trial run on 23 July, 2014 for its 46kT/year PTMEG facility in Weinan, Shaanxi province.
The overall project, including an upstream 1,4-BDO facility with 100kT/year capacity, was started in March 2012 with RMB2.6bn ($426m) total investment. Shanhua also has a 30kT/year 1,4-BDO plant that went into operation in May 2008.
The new project is the first BDO downstream project completed within the province and uses the Reppe method for BDO production, which was purchased from Invista, according to the company's website.
The precursor of state-owned Shanhua was set up in 1967, and today the company has over 3,000 employees. It also claims to be the largest urea makers in Shaanxi province with 920kT/year urea capacity and 600kT/year synthetic ammonia capacity.
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