PIC reduces urea output on back of gas shortage

29 May 2008 09:38  [Source: ICIS news]

PIC cuts urea output on gas shortageLONDON (ICIS news)--Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) has cut urea production by 50% because of reduced gas supplies, a company source said on Thursday.


PIC’s three urea plants in Shuaiba, which have a total capacity of around 1.04m tonnes/year, were forced to cut back output by half from the second week of May through to the end of the month.


The disruption to gas supplies was a result of revamping and construction work at a government-owned power plant about 80km (50 miles) from Shuaiba.


PIC did not specify exactly how much tonnage would be lost but said the impact on its customers would not be that significant.


 “We lost some opportunities to increase our spot sales. Otherwise our commitments are okay,” said the company source.


Some changes to the PIC shipping schedule had also been mutually agreed with customers.


PIC has long-term agreements with customers in countries including the US, Thailand and Australia.


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By: Carl Roache
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