30 November 2012 07:39 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Baling Petrochemical has shut its 70,000 tonne/year caprolactam (capro) line in late November because of decreasing catalyst activity, a company source said on Friday.
The company did not disclose if and when the 70,000 tonne/year line will be restarted.
Baling Petrochemical’s 130,000 tonne/year capro line at Yueyang city in Hunan province is operating at a low rate because of the same issue.
The daily capro output from the two lines has dropped to around 200 tonnes, the source indicated. The normal daily output is 600 tonnes/day if the lines operate at full rates.
Meanwhile, Baling Petrochemical’s newly built 100,000 tonne/year capro line is undergoing test runs and, if all goes well, it is likely to start producing capro in early December, the source said.
Some market players indicated that the company may keep the 70,000 tonne/year line shut after the 100,000 tonne/year new line operates smoothly because of weak capro demand.
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