China’s Panjin Heyun plans to start up MTBE plant in March/April

09 February 2012 08:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Panjin Heyun Industrial Group is planning to start up its new 200,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant at Panjin in Liaoning province during March/April, said a source close to the company on Thursday.

The unit was earlier due to start in January, but it has been pushed back to March/April, said the source, without elaboration.

Upon completion of the project, the company’s overall MTBE capacity will increase to 450,000 tonnes/year, making it the largest MTBE producer in China.

Meanwhile, Panjin’s two MTBE plants at the same site are running at above 90% capacity. The plants have a nameplate capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year and 200,000 tonnes/year respectively.

By: Felicia Loo

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