Saudi’s SEPC ramps up output at LDPE, HDPE plants after restart

12 August 2010 04:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co (SEPC) has ramped up operating rates at its low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density PE (HDPE) plants in Al Jubail to more than 85%, following their restart late last week, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

“The plants were taken off line at the beginning of August due to a technical issue,” the source said.

Each of the plants has a nameplate capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year.

“The outage had aggravated the supply constraints in the Middle East LDPE and HDPE markets, but the tightness is easing a bit after the restart,” said a Dubai-based trader.

SEPC is a joint venture of National Industrialisation Co (Tasnee) with a 50.6% stake, Sahara Olefins Co with a 24.4% interest, and LyondellBasell, which holds the remaining 25% of the company.

To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect


By: Prema Viswanathan
+65 6780 4359



AddThis Social Bookmark Button

For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.

Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.

Printer Friendly