PetroChina’s Fushun shuts one MEK line, operates another at 60%

13 April 2011 10:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--PetroChina’s subsidiary Fushun Petrochemical is operating its 25,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) line at 60%, a source from Fushun said on Wednesday.

Fushun will lower the operating rate further and has already shut down a 30,000 tonne/year MEK line in early April because of a shortage of the feedstock butadiene, the source said.

The producer has had to buy the feedstock from other refineries after an explosion in January led to a shutdown of its upstream 1.5m tonne/year fluid catalytic cracker (FCC), the source said.

The shutdown of the FCC has had a serious impact on the two MEK lines and they are not expected to return to their usual operating rates until the cracker is repaired, the source said.

The source could not say when the repairs on the FCC will be completed, but added it will not be restarted this month.

The producer is offering MEK at yuan (CNY) 21,300/tonne ($3,252/tonne) ex-tank in east China and at CNY20,500/tonne ex-tank in south China, the source added.

($1 = CNY6.55)

Additional reporting by Tracy Huang

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