Saudi's Al Waha Petrochemical runs PP unit at 70% op rate

24 February 2010 10:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Al Waha Petrochemical is currently running its 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia at 70% of capacity following its restart on Monday, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

Production at the plant had been halted twice this month, said the source.

A technical fault on 1 February caused the first shutdown. The plant was restarted on 12 February but had to be taken off line again a few days after the restart as the problem persisted, the source said.

“The plant will gradually be ramped up to full operating rate,” the source said.

The prolonged outage at the plant had exacerbated the PP supply tightness in the Middle East, traders and end users said.

“PP supply is extremely short due to scheduled and unscheduled shutdowns,” said a trader.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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