China’s Fushun Petrochemical restarts Liaoning MEK plant

09 November 2012 06:58  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Fushun Petrochemical has restarted its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant in Liaoning province on 8 November after completing a month-long shutdown to facilitate a catalyst change, a company source said on Friday.

The producer has no immediate plans to restart its 25,000 tonne/year MEK unit at the same site that was shut since May, the source said.

The extended shutdown at the smaller unit is because of a shortage of feedstock C4 supply.

Several ongoing and upcoming plant shutdowns in China have helped offset persistently weak downstream demand and kept domestic prices relatively stable in recent weeks.

Chinese domestic prices in east China were at CNY8,950-9,050/tonne ($1,430-1,446) ex-tank on 9 November, largely unchanged from the previous week.

($1 = CNY6.26)

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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