Troubles hit Q-Chem's HDPE unit; full production to resume 4 Sept

30 August 2010 09:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Qatar Chemicals Company (Q-Chem) is expected to resume full production at its high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Messaieed by the end of the week after the unit suffered from operational problems, sources close to the company said on Monday.

“The plant came down with production problems early last week, and is now operating at extremely low rates,” said one of the sources.

However, another source said that production at the plant had completely stopped, and that the company is currently not exporting any HDPE.

The output disruption had intensified the supply tightness in the HDPE markets in the Middle East and South Asia, market sources said.

“Supply of drum grade (blow moulding) HDPE, which Q-Chem specialises in, is extremely short in the Indian market,” said a Mumbai-based trader.

Company officials were not available for comment.

Q-Chem is a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical and Qatar Petroleum.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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