China's Lanzhou Petrochemical to shut MEK plant in mid-October

11 October 2012 08:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Lanzhou Petrochemical plans to shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant in Gansu province in mid-October for about 20 days of maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.

The producer’s second 30,000 tonne/year unit in the same petrochemical complex will continue to operate normally, the source said.

Both units are now running at an operating rate of around 60% capacity, the source added.

A separate Chinese producer Fushun Petrochemical shut its 30,000 tonne/year MEK unit on 10 October for 25-30 days to facilitate a change of catalyst.

These plant shutdowns are likely to support prices in the Chinese domestic market which has been facing weak downstream demand, Chinese sources said.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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