Petro Rabigh defers maintenance turnaround to April-May 2011

20 August 2010 05:55  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro Rabigh delays turnaroundSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (Petro Rabigh) plans to move its proposed maintenance turnaround at its petrochemical complex in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, to April-May 2011 amid low inventories, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The month-long turnaround of the Petro Rabigh complex was originally scheduled to be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2010.

“But the company has experienced so many plant outages this year that its inventories are very low. Hence, the decision to cancel the Q4 turnaround,” the source said.

Officials from Petro Rabigh were not immediately available for comment.

Petro Rabigh is a joint venture between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical.

The petrochemical 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; a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant; a 900,000 tonne/year propylene (C3) facility; and a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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