S Korea’s Kumho may start up expanded MIBK unit in early Dec

22 October 2012 06:06  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Kumho P&B Chemicals may start up its expanded methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Yeosu by 10 December, earlier than the company previously expected, a company source said on Monday.

The plant has been off line since 1 September to undergo overhaul and capacity expansion.  

The capacity of the MIBK plant will be increased by 83% to 55,000 tonnes/year from 30,000 tonnes/year.

The company had previously said it expects the shutdown to last about three and a half months.

The MIBK capacity expansion will boost Kumho’s captive usage of feedstock acetone by about 2,800 tonnes/month to about 6,000 tonnes/month, which will reduce its acetone export availability.

By: Trisha Huang

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