China’s Panjin Heyun runs 200,000 tonne/year MTBE unit at 50%

11 April 2011 04:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s Panjin Heyun Industrial Group is operating its 200,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant at Panjin in Liaoning province at 50% capacity because of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) feedstock shortage, a company source said on Monday.

Panjin Heyun has been finding it difficult to obtain sufficient LPG from the spot market and is thus unable to increase the operating rate, the source added.

LPG is always tight in the spot market as the major refineries meet their own requirements first and then sell the remaining gas.

Panjin Heyun had originally expected to raise the plant’s operating rate to full capacity in early April, but is unable to do so in the near term, the source said.

The producer’s other 50,000 tonne/year MTBE plant located at the same site is operating at full rate, the source added.

Additional reporting by Dong Hang

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