Taiwan’s Tasco Chemical may cut MEK plant ops after CPC fire

06 April 2012 07:49  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Tasco Chemical may lower the operating rates at its 120,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) facility in Kaoshiung following an accident at its feedstock supplier CPC Corp’s complex at the same site, a company source said on Friday.

The MEK plant is currently running at 80% capacity, the source added.

CPC, which supplies crude C4 stream to Tasco to produce MEK, shut its 500,000 tonne/year cracker following the pipeline leak that led to an explosion at the site.

“We may have to lower our production rates. The situation will be clearer next week,” the source said.

The company will likely have to delay some April shipments if there is a production cutback, he added.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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