China’s Shanxi Guangda shuts Linfen methanol unit for maintenance

12 September 2012 09:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's Shanxi Guangda Coking Air Source on 12 September shut its 150,000 tonne/year methanol unit at Linfen in Shanxi province for scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.

The producer is expected to restart the unit on 8 October, the source added.

Around 60% of the plant’s methanol output is supplied to the Henan area and 40% is sold to Shandong and Hebei province, according to the company source.

As the plant’s capacity only accounts for a small portion of the Shanxi domestic market, the shutdown may not lead to an increase in local methanol prices in the province, a market player said.

Methanol prices at Shanxi were assessed at yuan (CNY) 2,520-2,650/tonne ($397-418/tonne) on 11 September, unchanged from prices on 7 September, according to data from Chemease, an ICIS service in China.

($1 = CNY6.34)

By: Fayer Shen

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