China’s Taizhou Petrochem may restart Jiangsu MIBK plant in Q2

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

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China's Taizhou Petrochemical may restart its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Jiangsu province in the second quarter, sources close to the company said on Tuesday.

MIBK output may resume as early as April, although the company has yet to decide on a specific timing, the sources said.

Taizhou Petrochemical's MIBK plant has been off line since late December 2012.

The producer took the plant off line in late December because of a feedstock hydrogen supply shortage caused by the shutdown of its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the site.

The company shut its MEK plant in late December because of a shortage of feedstock crude C4 stream (CC4), which could be resolved by March or April, market sources said at the time.

Other MIBK makers in China include Jilin Petrochemical, Ningbo Zhenyang, Zhenjiang LCY General Chemical and Zhejiang Xinhua.

By: Trisha Huang

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