Sharq’s new Al Jubail cracker ramps up production rates

07 January 2010 10:35  [Source: ICIS news]

Jubail crackerSINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Eastern Petrochemical Co (Sharq) has been ramping up production at its new 1.3m tonne/year cracker in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia since achieving on-spec production at the facility at the end of December, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

“The cracker achieved on-spec production on 30 December,” the source said.

The cracker's new downstream polyolefin facilities, consisting of a 400,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and a linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant with the same capacity, were also ramping up operating rates, the source said.

“The cracker and the PE plants are all running at low rates,” he said.

He declined to reveal the exact production rates of the new cracker and PE plants.

Sharq is a joint venture between Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) and Saudi Petrochemical Development Corp (SPDC), a consortium of Japanese companies led by the Mitsubishi Group.

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