02 June 2008 09:37 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Arya Sasol has begun off-spec production at its new low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Assaluyeh, Iran, and is expected to produce and export on-spec output by the end of June, a source close to the company said on Monday.?xml:namespace>
“Currently, the output is only being sold in the domestic market. Once on-spec production begins, exports will begin,” the source said.
The company began trial production at the 300,000 tonne/year plant in early April.
The start up of the plant, originally scheduled for September 2007, was deferred several times due to a shortage of technical personnel.
Meanwhile, a 300,000 tonne/year high density PE/medium density PE (HDPE/MDPE) plant at the same site was expected to start up in July, a second source said.
Ethylene feedstock for the two plants is being provided by Arya Sasol’s 1m tonne/year cracker, also known as Olefins No 9, which achieved full-spec production in December 2007.
The start up of the LDPE plant comes at a time when supply of the product in all regions is extremely tight.
Arya Sasol is a joint venture of National Petrochemical Co (NPC) and South African chemicals giant Sasol.
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