07 October 2008 10:44 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Equate Petrochemical Co has further delayed the start-up of expanded polyethylene (PE) capacity at its facility in Shuaiba, Kuwait, by three months to December 2008, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.
"The delay is due to a shortage of project engineers and contractors," the source said.
Company officials were not available for comment.
Equate was increasing the capacity of its existing 550,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE)/linear low density PE (LLDPE) swing plant - which was currently operating as normal - by 50%, it said.
This is the second time the company has delayed the expansion.
The PE expansion, and the new Olefins II project, which includes an 850,000 tonne/year ethane cracker, were earlier scheduled to come on stream in August.
However, the new 600,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant downstream of the Olefins II cracker, started up in August.
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