S Korea's SK Energy to shut Ulsan BDO unit in Oct for 50 days

31 August 2010 09:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea's SK Energy Co is planning to shut its 40,000 tonne/year butanediol (BDO) unit at Ulsan in early October for 50 days of scheduled turnaround, a company source said on Tuesday.

The move was in line with a shutdown at its upstream naphtha cracker, which supplies the feedstock acetylene.

“Production will resume in mid-November, on 10 or 15 [November] and there is no spot cargo. We will only supply to our regular buyers, mainly domestic market and some contract customers for exports,” the source added.

“We are currently running the plant at 100%. We need to build up inventory ahead of the turnaround,” he said.

Other BDO producers in Asia include BASF, Mitsubishi Chemical and Nan Ya Plastics.

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By: Su Yeen Cheong
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