Shanghai petrochemical complex commissioned

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 7 -- Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a joint venture of BP Group, Sinopec, and Shanghai Petrochemical Co., on June 30 completed final commissioning of its $2.7 billion SECCO petrochemical complex at the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park. Construction began in 2002 and was completed Dec. 30, 2004.

The 220-hectare facility—the largest petrochemical complex in China—has production capacities of 900,000 tonnes/year (tpy) of ethylene, 600,000 tpy of polyethylene, 250,000 tpy of polypropylene, 300,000 tpy of polystyrene, and 260,000 tpy of acrylonitrile. The ethylene cracker, SECCO's core asset, currently is the largest in China as well as one of the largest in the world, said BP.

BP said its petrochemicals subsidiary Innovene, Shanghai, is expected to hold a large interest in the JV.

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