Sipchem's Saudi Arabia acetic acid unit restarts after two weeks

09 September 2010 16:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) resumed production at its 460,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia over the 6/7 September, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The plant had been unexpectedly shut down on 23 August following an outage at its carbon monoxide (CO) unit.

“We are waiting to hear from Sipchem when volumes will get back to normal, but it usually takes a couple of days,” the source added.

During the two week outage, the neighbouring vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) unit, with a capacity of 330,000 tonnes/year, continued to run at normal rates.

“It is likely to take a couple of weeks before the next vessel arrives in Europe,” the source said.

Half of the output from Sipchem’s acetic acid plant is utilised in the production of VAM. The remaining acetic acid is sold on local and international markets. 

Key acetic acid producers in the European market include BP, Celanese and Lyondell.

($1 = €0.79)

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By: Jane Massingham
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