27 December 2012 06:28 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Xinyonghui Chemical took its 15,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) unit at Gaomi in Shandong off line on 24 December because of a shortage of feedstock, a company source said on Thursday.
“We shut the unit because of a lack of feedstock gas, poor demand and squeezed margins,” the source said.
The Chinese producer’s other 15,000 tonne/year MTBE unit at the same site has been idle over the past few months because of a shortage of feedstock supply as well, the source said.
The company has not set a date to restart the units, according to the source.
Each plant normally produces 50 tonnes/day of MTBE, with purity at above 97% and sulphur content at 140-220 parts per million (ppm).
Shandong Xinyonghui Chemical specialises largely in the production and sales of MTBE and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
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