Japan's Maruzen Petrochemical restarts MEK plant at Chiba

13 April 2012 04:01  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan's Maruzen Petrochemical started a production trial at its 170,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant at Chiba on 5 April, market sources said on Friday.

The producer completed repairs for damages the plant suffered in the 2011 earthquake at the end of March, according to a source familiar with the project.

“Maruzen is running the plant carefully after more than a year of shutdown,” another source said, adding that the MEK facility is likely to have the first batch of products ready by next week.

The company declined to comment.

Traders said Maruzen would likely have minimal volumes to export in the initial months of operations as a maintenance shutdown at an affiliate cracker will limit its supply of feedstock butene.

The company will shut its 520,000 tonne/year cracker in early May for about six weeks.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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