Petro Rabigh cracker to restart after outage on tech problem

15 April 2009 09:50  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co’s (Petro Rabigh) new cracker in Saudi Arabia is expected to restart today after an unscheduled shutdown due to a technical problem, a source close to the project said on Wednesday.

“The entire cracker complex was shut down three days ago due to a technical hiccup,” the source said.

The cracker, which started up on 8 April at Rabigh, Saudi Arabia feeds into a slew of downstream plants located at the same site.

Petro Rabigh’s cracker complex 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 complex also includes a 600,000 tonne/year MEG plant and a 350,000 tonne/year LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) facility.

Petro Rabigh is a $10bn (€7.6bn) joint venture between state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemicals.

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