Corrected: Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene restarts HDPE plant

05 May 2010 15:35  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story "Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene restarts HDPE plant" dated 5 May 2010, please read in the first paragraph ...Saudi Arabia-based polymers producer... instead of ...Saudi Arabia-based polyols producer.... A corrected story follows. 

LONDON (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabia-based polymers producer Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co (SEPC) has restarted operations at its high density polyethylene (HPDE) plant at Al Jubail, a source close to production said on Wednesday.

The site, which has a nameplate capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects data, had undergone a brief shutdown following a technical issue, further details of which were unavailable.

“The issue was resolved over the weekend [1-2 May] and operating rates are now being ramped up. There has been some loss in production, but nothing significant,” the source said.

However, the source added that an additional technical issue had occurred at the company’s 450,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) facility at the same site on the weekend of 1-2 May.

The source said that the outage was expected to last a maximum of one week and that the impact on supply from the facility would be nominal.

It was unclear whether the two outages were linked.

Elsewhere, a source close to production at Al Waha Petrochemical’s polypropylene (PP) plant, also in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, said that the facility was running following scheduled maintenance.

The 450,000 tonne/year plant came back on stream on 29 April as planned and was in the process of ramping up rates, added the source. 

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