Petro Rabigh to start up new PE plants in end-Feb

03 February 2009 09:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (PetroRabigh) is expected to start up its new polyethylene (PE) facilities at the end of February, shortly after its new 1.25 m tonne/year cracker comes on stream, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

The PE facilities at Rabigh located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia consist of a 350,000 tonne/year of linear-low density PE (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year of high density PE (HDPE) line, and a 250,000 tonne/year easy processing PE (EPPE) unit.

The PE plants are part of a new petrochemical complex which also includes a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant, a 18.4m tonne/year refinery and a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit that produces 900,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

The PP plant will be started up after the FCC comes on stream, the source said. He did not know the start up dates of the FCC and PP plants.

PetroRabigh is a 50:50 refinery and petrochemical joint venture in Saudi Arabia between Sumitomo Chemical and state-owned Saudi Aramco.

Sumitomo Chemical has the exclusive right to market polyolefins from the Rabigh project outside the Middle East.

Around 10-15% of PetroRabigh’s polyolefins output would be sold in the Middle East and the balance to the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, and about 85% of the quantity sold outside of the Middle East would go to Asia.

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