Japan’s Kyowa Hakko to shut oxo-alcohols unit for turnaround

27 February 2009 09:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japanese oxo-alcohols producer Kyowa Hakko is planning to shut down its oxo-alcohol plant at Yokkaichi on 10 March for its annual scheduled turnaround, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which produces 120,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethyl hexanol (2-EH) and 130,000 tonnes/year of normal butanol (NBA), is scheduled to restart in early May after the 45-day turnaround, he added.

There would be no spot cargoes available for both NBA and 2-EH during the shutdown period as the majority of cargoes had already been fixed earlier this month, the source said.

Other 2-EH producers in the region include Indonesia’s PT Petro Oxo Nusantara (PON), South Korea’s LG Chem, China’s Qilu Petrochemicals and Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical.

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