Saudi Polyolefins to start up new PP line on 10 April

03 April 2009 03:52  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Polyolefins Co expects to start up its new 270,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) line at Al Jubail on 10 April, ten days later than its earlier schedule, a source close to the company said late on Thursday.

"The delay is mainly due to fine-tuning of the line," the source added.

The company currently operates two PP lines with a combined capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year. With the opening of the new line, the company's PP capacity at Al Jubail will increase to 720,000 tonnes/year.

Propylene feedstock for the additional capacity will be procured from the Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co (SEPC) cracker, which started up at Al Jubail late last year.

Saudi Polyolefins is a joint venture between Tasnee (National Industrialisation Co) and LyondellBasell. SEPC is a joint venture between Sahara Olefins Co (24.4%), Tasnee (50.6%) and LyondellBasell (25%).

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