GPCA ‘10: Advanced Petrochemicals to restart PDH, PP units

07 December 2010 13:47  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Advanced Petrochemicals Co plans to restart its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) plants at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, on 10 December following an unscheduled shutdown last month, a company source said on Tuesday.

“The plants were shut down on 28 November due to technical problems,” the source said on the sidelines of the fifth annual Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Advanced Petrochemicals' PDH and PP plants each have a capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year.

The outage has intensified the tightness in the Middle East’s PP markets, according to traders.

State-owned Saudi Industrial Development Fund owns a 47% stake in Advanced Petrochemicals, with the remaining 53% held by private Saudi Arabian and foreign investors.

The three-day GPCA forum runs from 7-9 December.

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