China’s Taizhou Petrochemical restarts MEK plant - sources

30 October 2012 04:31  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Taizhou Petrochemical has restarted its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at Taizhou in Jiangsu province, market sources said on Tuesday.

The company could not be immediately reached for comments.

Taizhou Petrochemicals took its MEK plant off line on 15 July because of unfavourable market conditions.

The MEK plant shutdown cut the supply of feedstock hydrogen to its downstream methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant, which was shut at the same time.

The resumption of MEK output will restore the supply of hydrogen, enabling the 20,000 tonne/year MIBK plant to be restarted within 7-10 days, the sources said.

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

Additional reporting by Caroline Zhang

By: Trisha Huang

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