China's Shaanxi Shanhua Chem restarts BDO plant after maintenance

11 March 2013 10:51  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China's Shaanxi Shanhua Chemical Fertilizer restarted its 30,000 tonne/year BDO plant at Weinan in Shaanxi province over the weekend after completing maintenance at the unit, a company source said on Monday.

The shutdown lasted a week, the source said.

"The company runs the BDO unit at operating rates of 30-40% today, and expects to recover normal running rate of 80-90% in three days," the source said in Mandarin.

Once normal operating rates resume at the plant, the company plans to resume supply to customers, the source said.

Shaanxi Shanhua Chemical Fertilizer intends to offer BDO at around CNY15000/tonne DEL east China (bulk), the source said.

Domestic BDO prices in China were assessed at CNY14,300-14,800/tonne ($2,300-2,379/tonne) DEL east China (bulk) on 8 March, according to Chemease, an ICIS service in China.

BDO is used as a solvent and is also used in the manufacture of some types of plastics, elastic fibres and polyurethanes (PU).

($1 = CNY6.22)

By: Caroline Zhang

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