Al-Waha restarts Al-Jubail polypropylene after fixing technical issue

19 May 2010 16:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabia-based Al-Waha Petrochemical Co’s polypropylene (PP) unit in Al-Jubail is back on line after a technical issue at the site was resolved, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The facility, which has a nameplate capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects data, had gone down due to an undisclosed technical issue in the week beginning 10 May.

This, coupled with planned maintenance undertaken at the facility in earlier weeks, had resulted in a shutdown that had lasted for almost a month, according to a source close to production.

Meanwhile, Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co’s (SEPC) low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant remained offline this week following a technical issue, also at the Al Jubail site, a source close to production said.

The facility, with a nameplate capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects data, had gone down on the weekend 1-2 May.

It remained unclear whether the issue was linked to an earlier unplanned shutdown that had taken place at the company’s 400,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) site at the same location. 

The source outlined: “There is no official start up date but information suggests that the plant will come back onstream in the next three to four days.”

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By: Stephanie Wilson
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