China’s Taizhou Petrochemical restarts MIBK plant

13 November 2012 03:25  [Source: ICIS news]

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

The MIBK plant was restarted “in the past few days” after being taken off line on 15 July, the market sources said.

On-spec MIBK output may take about a week to 10 days to achieve, because the plant was shut for almost four months, the sources added.

The MIBK plant was taken off line on 15 July because supply of feedstock hydrogen was cut when Taizhou Petrochemical shut its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the same site in response to unfavourable market conditions.

The late October restart of Taizhou’s MEK unit helped to restore supply of hydrogen, enabling MIBK output to resume.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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