China's Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical MEK line shut on tech glitch

14 March 2013 10:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical’s 40,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) line at Qingdao in China’s Shangdong province is currently shut for repairs, a company source said on Thursday.

The unit was taken off line on 11 March because of a technical problem, and is expected to resume operations in about two weeks, the source said.

The Qingdao facility’s second 40,000 tonne/year MEK line is not affected by the shutdown, the source said.

Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical’s MEK production is expected to be at reduced levels in April as well because of a scheduled maintenance at its 70,000 tonne/year plant in Zibo, Shandong province. The plant is scheduled to shut for at least 15 days.

“We can’t take new export orders until mid-April as we have to fulfil our existing contracts and build stocks before the turnaround,” the source said.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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