Sidpec's Egypt blow moulding HDPE still offline after failed restart

19 August 2009 15:52  [Source: ICIS news]

Sidpec blow moulding HDPE offline after failed restartLONDON (ICIS news)--Egypt’s Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Co's (Sidpec) blow moulding high density polyethylene (HDPE) production line remains offline following a failed restart, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company had attempted a restart earlier in the week following scheduled maintenance that began on 16 July at its 150,000 tonne/year Ameriva facility in Egypt.

“The blow moulding production line is still out of service and we do not know when it will be back up,” the source said.

However, the injection moulding HDPE production line had been restarted successfully and the producer was now able to export HDPE into the wider north African market.

Supply of HDPE continued to be tight in Egypt, despite Sidpec building inventories ahead of the shutdown, the source added.

“Egyptians may be preparing to fast [ahead of Ramadan which starts on 22 August] but the market is still consuming lots of HDPE,” said the company source, adding: “This is the high season for us.”

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