Korea Alcohol to shut Ulsan etac/butac unit for catalyst change

02 May 2012 05:46  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Korea Alcohol Industrial will shut its 85,000 tonne/year ethyl acetate (etac)/butyl acetate (butac) swing plant in Ulsan for two to three days this week for a catalyst change, a company official said on Wednesday.

Korea Alcohol, which is the country’s sole producer of etac and butac, is producing etac at full capacity. That amounts to 165-170 tonnes/day.

Its butac output is at 40 tonnes/day, or 60-70% capacity, the official added.

The plant shutdown is not expected to have an impact on the market because of its short duration.

Korea Alcohol will shut its Ulsan plant in October for annual maintenance lasting seven to 10 days, the official said.

By: Trisha Huang

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