China’s Tuha Oilfield shuts methanol unit on lack of feedstock

19 November 2012 06:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Tuha Oilfield has shut its 240,000 tonne/year methanol unit at Tulufan in Xinjiang on 18 November because of a lack of feedstock natural gas during winter, a company official said on Monday.

The company will restart the plant at the beginning of spring, the sourced added.

Natural gas supply is usually tight during winter as most of the material is allocated to residential areas for heating purposes, according to the source.

The decrease in methanol supply is expected to have little impact on the domestic methanol market because of weakening demand, a market player said.

By: Mindy Liu

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