Petro Rabigh eyes restart of PP plant by 26 August

23 August 2010 10:12  [Source: ICIS news]

PetroRabigh is due to restart its PP plant on 26 AugustSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (Petro Rabigh) is expected to restart its 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, by 26 August, a source close to the company said on Monday.

The company had earlier scheduled a restart of the unit by 13 August, but that was postponed. No reasons were given for the delay. 

The PP plant was taken off line in early August because of a shortage of feedstock propylene, on the back of an outage at the company’s fluid catalytic cracker (FCC).

“The company will restart the FCC unit first and then the PP plant,” said the source.

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

Petro Rabigh has a total installed propylene capacity of 900,000 tonnes/year.

The propylene and PP units are part of the company’s cracker complex at Rabigh, on Saudi Arabia’s western coast.

The complex also 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.

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

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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