NewsFlashPetchems plant not hit in Kuwait blast

05 June 2008 10:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--A refinery and petrochemicals complex in Shuaiba, Kuwait, have not been affected by an explosion reported to have hit the Mina Abdullah port this morning local time, a source close to a Kuwaiti petrochemical company said on Thursday.


“What I have heard is that a small privately owned chemical factory producing cleaning agents may have been hit by the explosion,” the source added.


Kuwait National Petroleum Co’s refinery and the polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) plants at Shuaiba, operated by Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) and EQUATE were not in the vicinity of the explosion, the source said.


No further details about the blast were available, the source said.


PIC operates a 120,000 tonne/year PP plant and three urea plants with a combined capacity of 1.04m tonne/year at the Shuaiba complex, which also includes a 550,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant operated by EQUATE, a joint venture of Dow Chemical, PIC and two Kuwaiti companies. PIC is a fully owned subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Co (KPC).

By: Prema Viswanathan
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