China’s Jilin Petrochem may restart idled MIBK line in June

23 April 2013 07:22  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Jilin Petrochemical may restart an idled 15,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) line in Jilin in June, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company source had previously given a possible restart timing as some time during the second quarter. The line has been mostly idle since September 2008.

“Prior to the restart, we need to undertake maintenance as well as safety checks [of the idle line], which should take no more than two months,” the source said.

The two MIBK lines operated by Jilin Petrochemical are identical in capacity, at 15,000 tonnes/year each.

The producer's decision to restart the second MIBK line was prompted by its expectation that demand for MIBK from the key downstream rubber chemical additives sector will grow in 2013, the source said in late March.

Meanwhile, Jilin Petrochemical has capped its active line’s operating rate at about 70% capacity since early March because of weaker-than-expected downstream demand in the face of the high volume of spot imports.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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