02 June 2010 13:21 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Jiangsu Sopo plans to restart its 600,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant and 270,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac) plant at Zhenjiang, in China's Jiangsu province, on 3 June after an unplanned outage, a company official said on Wednesday.
The four-day outage was caused by mechanical issues at the company's upstream methanol plant, which is located at the same site and has a capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year, the official said.
“The acetic acid and downstream etac plants were shut on early Monday morning (31 May) after the methanol plant encountered production problems,” he said in Mandarin, without elaborating.
The outage resulted in about 7,000 tonnes of lost acetic acid production, based on previous operating rates of around 106% capacity, he said.
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