China’s Taizhou Petrochemical may restart MIBK unit early Nov

23 October 2012 03:10  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Taizhou Petrochemical may restart its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Taizhou in Jiangsu in early November, sources close to the company said on Tuesday.

The company took the plant off line on 15 July after halting operations at its integrated upstream methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit in response to unfavourable market conditions, cutting the supply of feedstock hydrogen.

Improved production economics have prompted Taizhou Petrochemical’s decision to restart its MEK plant in late October.

The restart of the MEK plant will in turn restore hydrogen supply and enable the MIBK plant to be restarted, the sources said.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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