China’s Jilin Petro delays MIBK unit restart on cold spell

21 May 2013 08:09  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China’s Jilin Petrochemical has postponed the restart of its idled 15,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) line in Jilin because of unusually cold weather, a company source said on Tuesday.

The company on 10 May began the maintenance and safety checks required prior to restarting the line, which is now scheduled to be restarted in late June or July, the source said.

The line was previously scheduled to be restarted in June.

The company was unable to carry out a full inspection of the unit until early May because of sub-zero winter temperatures in northern China, the company source explained.

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

Jilin Petrochemical’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.

Meanwhile, Jilin Petrochemical plans to shut its active line for 20-30 days for a catalyst change in June or July, the source said, adding that the schedule has not yet been finalised.

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

By: Trisha Huang

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