China's Dushanzi Petchem MEK plant completes five-week turnaround

28 September 2012 11:56  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Dushanzi Petrochemical has completed turnaround at its 40,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant in Xinjiang province this week, a company source said on Friday.

The plant was restarted on 25 September after about five weeks of shutdown, the source said.

MEK supply in China remains limited despite the restart of the facility, but the situation is expected to improve next month as a few more Chinese plants are scheduled to complete their maintenance in October, market sources said.

Chinese domestic prices fell in the week ended 28 September as distributors lowered offers to boost sales, Chinese sources said. Demand was slow ahead of the country’s 1-7 October National Day holiday.

Prices in eastern China were at yuan (CNY) 9,050-9,200/tonne ($1,437-1,460/tonne) ex-tank on 28 September, down by CNY150-200/tonne from a week earlier, according to Chemease, an ICIS service in China.

($1 = CNY6.30)

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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