China’s Taizhou Petchem ‘unlikely’ to resume MIBK output in Q4

17 September 2013 08:47  [Source: ICIS news]

MELBOURNE (ICIS)--China's Taizhou Petrochemical is “unlikely” to restart its 20,000 tonne/year methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) plant in Jiangsu province in the fourth quarter of 2013 because of poor economics, sources close to the company said on Tuesday.

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

The producer is unlikely to resume its MIBK output because its upstream 30,000 tonne/year methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) unit at the same site has remained off line due to unfavourable economics, the sources said.

For as long as its MEK unit stays off line, there is no output of feedstock hydrogen that will enable Taizhou Petrochemical to restart its MIBK unit, the sources said.

By: Trisha Huang

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