China’s Shandong Yuhuang Chemical to start up MTBE unit in Sept

27 June 2013 09:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Shandong Yuhuang Chemical is planning to bring on stream a 500,000 tonne/year methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) unit at Heze in Shandong province this September, a company source said on Thursday.

Its new 300,000 tonne/year isobutene unit will start operations at the same time, and provide most of the feedstocks for the new MTBE unit, added the source.

Shandong Yuhuang Chemical owns seven MTBE plants with a combined capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year.

All seven MTBE plants in Heze have been off line since November 2012 because of tight availability of feedstock gas, according to the source.

No restart date has been set for these plants, said the source.

Upon the start-up of the new MTBE unit, China’s MTBE supply is expected to rise significantly to surpass demand, market sources said, predicting that some Chinese MTBE cargoes may be sold abroad by then.

Shandong Yuhuang Chemical is largely engaged in the development, production and sales of chemicals.

By: Hedy Dong

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