Sichuan Lutianhua shuts Luzhou methanol plant on feedstock shortage

14 October 2011 08:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sichuan Luzhou Natural Gas Chemical (Lutianhua) has shut its 400,000 tonne/year methanol plant at Luzhou in Sichuan early this week, a company source said on Friday.

The company shut the plant because of a shortage in feedstock natural gas, the source said.

Sichuan Lutianhua has not confirmed the date to restart the plant, the source added.

The company is keeping its 45,000 tonne/year methanol line shut at the same site for the same reason, the source said.

The producer shut the plant in September 2009 because of a shortage of natural gas, the source added.

Sichuan Lutianhua assigns its methanol inventories for captive use at its 110,000 tonne/year dimethyl ether (DME) plant and are not for commercial sale, the source added.

DME is a major downstream product of methanol and about 1.4 tonnes of methanol can produce a tonne of DME.

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By: Rachel Qian



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