China's Zibo Qixiang to shut MEK facility in April for turnaround

08 March 2013 07:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical plans to shut its 70,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) plant at Zibo in Shandong province in April for at least 15 days of maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

The company, which is the largest MEK producer in China, expects to have reduced volumes for export in April as a result of the plant turnaround, the source added.

“We are stockpiling now to ensure that we can meet the requirements of our domestic customers,” the source said.

The MEK facility has two lines with capacities of 30,000 tonnes/year and 40,000 tonnes/year respectively.

The producer operates another 80,000 tonne/year MEK plant at Qingdao in Shandong province.

Author: Pei Lin Yeow

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