China's Bluestar Petrochemical runs BD plant at 70% after restart

21 June 2012 07:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Bluestar Petrochemical is running its 30,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) plant at 70% of capacity in Tianjin after restarting it on 20 June, a company source said on Thursday.

The plant was shut on 11 June because of feedstock butylenes (C4) shortage, the source said.

The plant was originally scheduled to be restarted on 19 June, the source said, without specifying the exact reason for the delay.

The restart is likely to increase BD supply in the domestic market for the rest of June, a market player said.

BD is used as raw material for synthetic rubber (SR), which in turn is used in the production of tyres for the automotive industry.

($1 = CNY6.36)

By: MK Liu

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