China’s Taizhou Petrochemical MIBK plant shut since 25 December

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.

By: Trisha Huang

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.

Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.

Printer Friendly

Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.
ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)
ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index