South Korea’s Kumho to shut MIBK plant in second half May

26 April 2011 06:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Kumho P&B Chemicals plans to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Yeosu for a turnaround in the second half of May, a company official said on Tuesday.

“The plant is expected to be shut for around 10 days,” he said, adding that the dates had yet to be confirmed.

He added that there would be no MIBK cargoes for export as the company was building up inventories ahead of the planned shutdown.

Kumho exports bulk MIBK cargoes to China and drummed shipments to markets such as southeast Asia and India.

The company’s upstream phenol/acetone units at the same site are also expected to undergo maintenance next month.

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