China’s Taizhou Petrochemical to restart MIBK plant in October

11 September 2012 04:44  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Taizhou Petrochemical plans to restart its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in the second half of October because of improved production economics, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

The company took its MIBK plant at Taizhou in Jiangsu province off line on 15 July after halting operations at its integrated upstream methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit in response to unfavourable economics.

The shutdown of the MEK plant in turn cut the supply of hydrogen which is needed for MIBK production, the source said.

The planned resumption of MEK production in October will restore hydrogen supply, allowing the MIBK plant to be restarted, the source added.

Other MIBK makers in China include Jilin Petrochemical, Ningbo Zhenyang and Zhenjiang LCY General Chemical.

By: Trisha Huang

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