China’s Tai Zhou Petrochemical shuts MEK plant on machine fault

23 February 2011 07:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Tai Zhou Petrochemical has shut down its 40,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant at Jiangsu in eastern China on 21 February because of a problem with the machinery, a company source said on Wednesday.

The shutdown was expected to last around two weeks, the source added.

The producer kept some inventories and was offering them at yuan (CNY) 13,200/tonne ($2,006/tonne) EXW (ex-works), the source said.

Tai Zhou Petrochemical is a major MEK producer in the domestic market. Other producers include Fushun Petrochemical and Qixiang Tengda.

(US$1 = CNY6.58)

Additional reporting by Tracy Huang

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