Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co., Ltd. has successfully started up a new 600,000 tpa paraxylene complex using UOP process technology at the Sinopec facility in Shanghai. The aromatics project was completed in just 30 months from initial kick-off through commissioning, with UOP providing the technology license, basic engineering, equipment packages, and key products. The new aromatics complex will use the UOP Parex™ process. The new plant will also produce 280,000 tpa of benzene. In addition to the Parex unit, the complex also includes a UOP CCR Platforming™ unit to convert naphtha, an oil-derived feedstock, to aromatics and hydrogen and a UOP Isomar™ unit to convert other xylenes to paraxylenes.