11 December 2012 04:24 [Source: ICIS news]
MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Taizhou Petrochemical plans to shut its methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Taizhou in Jiangsu province on 20 December because of an expected feedstock shortage, market sources said on Tuesday.
The producer is shutting its 20,000 tonne/year MIBK plant less than two months after restarting it, because the supply of feedstock hydrogen will be reduced by the shutdown of its upstream 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the same site.
The company plans to take its MEK plant off line on 20 December because of a shortage of feedstock crude C4 stream (CC4), market sources said.
Taizhou Petrochemical’s MIBK plant was last shut between mid-July and early November.
Other MIBK makers in China include Jilin Petrochemical, Ningbo Zhenyang, Zhenjiang LCY General Chemical and Zhejiang Xinhua.
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