China's Fushun Petchem cut MEK plant run rates on lack of feedstock

24 May 2013 09:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Fushun Petrochemical has reduced the operating rates at its 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit in Liaoning province to 70% capacity this week, from 80% previously, a company source said on Friday.

The company is cutting back on its production because of insufficient feedstock C4 supply, the source said. Its refinery and crackers were shut for maintenance in mid-May.

It is still unclear if Fushun Petrochemical will restart its second 25,000 tonne/year MEK unit at the same Liaoning complex when the upstream units complete their turnarounds.

The MEK plant has been shut since May 2012 as a result of inadequate feedstock.

By: Yeow Pei Lin

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