08 January 2013 03:50 [Source: ICIS news]
MELBOURNE (ICIS)--Taizhou Petrochemical’s 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Jiangsu province has been shut since 25 December because of feedstock shortage, market sources said on Tuesday.
The producer took the MIBK plant off line less than two months after restarting the unit as supply of feedstock hydrogen was curtailed by the shutdown of an upstream 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the site.
The company’s MEK plant was shut on 25 December because of a shortage of feedstock crude C4 stream (CC4), market sources said.
It is uncertain when Taizhou Petrochemical will be able to restart the MIBK plant. However, the crude C4 supply shortage may be resolved by March or April, the sources added.
Taizhou Petrochemical’s MIBK plant was last shut between mid-July and early November 2012.
Other MIBK makers in China include Jilin Petrochemical, Ningbo Zhenyang, Zhenjiang LCY General Chemical and Zhejiang Xinhua.
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