Japan's Maruzen to restart Chiba MEK plant on 23 November

16 November 2012 10:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s Maruzen Petrochemical is expected to restart its 170,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) facility at Chiba on 23 November, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The plant was shut on 11 November as scheduled, the source said.

The company’s MEK plant stopped production as some utilities facilities at its feedstock supplier Cosmo Oil’s complex, which houses the MEK plant, are scheduled to undergo maintenance.

Maruzen Petrochemical’s MEK exports are expected to make a full recovery in December, when the plant resumes operations, market sources said.

The company’s supplies to its regional customers fell by more than 50% in November from its usual monthly volume because of the plant shutdown.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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