Japan’s MRC delays butane-based MMA line turnaround on tight supply

09 November 2012 03:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Co (MRC) has postponed the turnaround of one of its 55,000 tonne/year butane-based methyl methacrylate (MMA) lines in Otake to 19 November from 6 November because of tight supply, a company source said on Friday.

The plant will resume production on 6 December, the source added.

The second 55,000 tonne/year butane-based MMA line at the same site is not scheduled for a turnaround, the company source said.

MMA supply in Asia is tight in November because of heavy turnaround season and unplanned shutdown on the back of mechanical problems, market players said.

MRC restarted its 107,000 tonne/year acetone cyanohydrin-based MMA line at the same site on 30-31 October after its maintenance, but the line is running at 60% capacity because of insufficient raw material hydrogen cyanide, the company source said.

Its upstream acrylonitrile (ACN) plant which provides the raw material hydrogen cyanide for MMA production failed to restart on schedule because of mechanical issues, the source added.

MRC may consider shutting its acetone cyanohydrin-based MMA plant if its ACN plant continues to remain off line, the source said.

Despite the tight supply, MRC has to shut its butane-based MMA line because the catalyst needs to be changed, the source added.

By: Christina Siantar
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