PetroRabigh restarting cracker complex after power outage

25 October 2010 09:26  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro Rabigh in the process of restarting refinery, petrochemical unitsSINGAPORE (ICIS)--PetroRabigh is in the process of restarting its cracker and derivative units after a power outage caused the complex to shut down over the weekend, the company said on Monday.

PetroRabigh announces that its refining plants have resumed its full operations as of today, October 25, 2010; petrochemical production plants are lined up for start-up operations,” PetroRabigh said in the statement to the Saudi stock exchange.

This is the second shutdown the complex has experienced in the past 10 days. The previous one occurred during the weekend of 16-17 October, but the plants restarted on 18 October.

PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, operates a 400,000 bbl/day oil refinery, 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 polypropylene (PP) facility and a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Rabigh, located on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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