China’s Taizhou Petchem postpones MIBK plant shutdown to 25 Dec

18 December 2012 05:02  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Taizhou Petrochemical has postponed the shutdown of its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant at Taizhou in Jiangsu province to 25 December, market sources said on Tuesday.

The shutdown was initially set to start on 20 December as the company anticipates a feedstock shortage, the source said.

The producer is shutting the MIBK plant less than two months after restarting the unit, because supply of feedstock hydrogen will be curtailed by the shutdown of an upstream 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the same site.

The company also plans to take its MEK plant off line on 25 December because of a shortage of feedstock crude C4 stream (CC4).

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.

By: Trisha Huang

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