China's Shaanxi Shanhua Chem BDO plant shut; to restart on 14 Nov

07 November 2013 03:56  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shaanxi Shanhua Chemical Fertilizer's 30,000 tonne/year butanediol (BDO) plant in Weinan is currently shut for catalyst change and is expected to resume production on 14 November, a company source said on Thursday.

The plant was taken off line on 4 November, the source said.

The company would not sell BDO cargoes during the shutdown period due to limited stocks, the source said.

The shutdown is expected to have a negligible impact on the domestic market as plant operations had been unstable, the source said.

Domestic BDO prices in China were assessed at yuan (CNY) 13,500-13,800/tonne ($2,213-2,262/tonne) DEL (delivered) east China (bulk) on 6 November, according to Chemease, an ICIS service in China.

BDO is used as a solvent and is also used in the manufacture of some types of plastics, elastic fibres and polyurethanes (PU).

($1 = CNY6.10)

Additional reporting by Vikki Shen

By: Viola Pan
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