Saudi Arabia’s PetroRabigh delays LLDPE plant, PP line restart

13 December 2010 10:26  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro Rabigh delays LDPE, PP restartSINGAPORE (ICIS)--PetroRabigh has deferred the restart of its 600,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant and a 350,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) line in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, due to persistent technical issues, sources close to the company said on Monday.  

The LLDPE plant and PP line were shut down in early November and were expected to restart on 10 December. “The company tried to restart the plants over the weekend but was not successful, so the shutdown has been extended,” the source said. No definite restart date had been set, he added.

PetroRabigh officials were not available for comment.

Traders said the company’s allocations of PE and PP to Asia for December had been reduced by 50-70% as a result of the shutdown.

The company’s 300,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) plant is also running at low rates. “The company has given no indication of when it can ramp up the plant’s rates to 100%,” a second source said.

PetroRabigh also had another 300,000 tonne/year PP line, a 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker and a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at the site, which were operating normally, the source said.

The company is a joint venture between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical.

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