Wanhua Chemical Group has disclosed plans for a second ethylene cracker project at its Yantai, China, site with local government officials. The project will include a 1.2-million metric tons/year (MMt/y) ethylene unit; pyrolysis gasoline hydrogenation; aromatics extraction; and production facilities for butadiene, high-density polyethylene (PE), low-density PE, PE plastomers and elastomers, polypropylene (PP), and other derivatives. Timing and other details were not disclosed. The second ethylene project will use naphtha and C4s as feedstock.
Wanhua’s first ethylene project in Yantai is currently under construction. Wanhua said in its annual report published in July that construction on the phase-one project will be complete in 2020. The first project includes a 1 MMt/y ethylene unit as well as polyvinyl chloride and linear-low density PE. Wanhua is also building a propylene oxide/styrene monomer plant at Yantai.