Taiwan's Tasco Chem cuts MEK operating rates on feedstock shortage

11 April 2012 11:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan’s Tasco Chemical has reduced the operating rates at its 120,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) facility in Kaohsiung to 70-80% of capacity from 80-90% as a result of a fall in feedstock supply, a company source said on Wednesday.

Supply of C4 to Tasco’s MEK facility was disrupted following a pipeline leak and explosion at its feedstock supplier CPC Corp’s crude butadiene (BD) tank at Kaohsiung on 6 April.

Tasco does not expect the reduction in production rates to affect its exports in April.

“We will fulfill our April commitment,” a company source said.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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