Petro Rabigh expects to restart PP plant by 13 Aug

10 August 2010 11:15  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro Rabigh production site in Saudi ArabiSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (Petro Rabigh) plans to restart its polypropylene (PP) plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, on 13 August, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

The PP plant came down late last week due to a shortage of feedstock propylene, caused by an outage earlier in the week at its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC).

“The problem at the FCC is being attended to and it is expected to be up and running by this Friday,” the source said. The PP plant would restart along with the FCC, he added.

The FCC unit provides propylene to Petro Rabigh’s 700,000 tonne/year PP plant. The company’s total installed propylene capacity is 900,000 tonnes/year.

“However, the FCC has not been running at full capacity at the moment, so the company does not export any propylene,” said a second source.

The PP plant’s unplanned shutdown has tightened the supply of PP in the Middle East market, traders said.

Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical, operates a cracker complex at Rabigh, on Saudi Arabia’s western coast.

In addition to the propylene and PP facilities, Petro Rabigh’s complex houses a 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker, a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) line, a 600,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) line and a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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