Saudi Arabia’s Petro Rabigh restarts cracker after outage

21 April 2009 10:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (Petro Rabigh) has restarted its 1.25 m tonne/year ethane cracker in Saudi Arabia last week after resolving the technical problems at the complex, two sources close to the company said on Tuesday.

“The cracker is in the process of ramping up production,” said one source, who declined to reveal current operating rates.

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

It also includes a 600,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant and a 350,000 tonne/year LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) facility.

Petro Rabigh is a $10bn (€7.7bn) joint venture between state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemicals.

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