Saudi Petro Rabigh in the process of starting up Rabigh cracker

10 March 2009 09:59  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro Rabigh is starting up its crackerSINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (Petro Rabigh) is in the process of starting up its 1.25m tonne/year cracker at Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

“The cracker should be started up this month followed by the derivatives,” he said.

Market sources had earlier said that the facility, located on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, was initially slated to start up in mid-February, but the source declined to comment on this.

Petro Rabigh is a $10bn (€7.9bn) joint venture between state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemicals.

The company’s derivative operations at the complex include a 600,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant and a 350,000 tonne/year LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) facility.

The complex also houses a 300,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) line, a 250,000 tonne/year easy processing PE (EPPE) unit and a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.

The start-up schedule for the derivative operations was not available.

($1 = €0.79)

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