China’s Taizhou Petchem begins MIBK sales from restarted plant

04 December 2012 03:33  [Source: ICIS news]

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

The producer began MIBK sales on 3 December, with the plant currently running at about 90% of capacity, they said.

Taizhou Petrochemical’s MIBK plant was taken off line on 15 July as supply of feedstock hydrogen was cut by the shutdown of its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the same site.

The MEK unit restarted in late October, restoring the supply of hydrogen to the MIBK plant, allowing the downstream plant to resume production.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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