Oman Polypropylene shuts PP plant; targets Dec restart

25 November 2010 03:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Oman Polypropylene’s 340,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant in Sohar, Oman, has been shut for two weeks because of propylene feedstock shortage and production was expected to resume in mid December, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The plant's propylene supply had been disrupted because one of its feedstock suppliers had been experiencing production problems, the source said.

The company receives propylene from Oman’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery and Sohar Refinery, but the source did not know which supplier was having production problems.

The PP pant had reduced production rate in early November when Mina Al Fahal Refinery was shut for maintenance.

Oman Polypropylene officials were not immediately available for comment.

Oman Oil owns a 40% stake in the PP maker, while LG International, Gulf Investment and International Petroleum Investment Co each hold a 20% stake in Oman Polypropylene.

Additional reporting by Prema Viswanathan

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