PetroRabigh's Saudi PE, PP units at full output next week

17 December 2010 07:34  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro RabighSINGAPORE (ICIS)--PetroRabigh expects to achieve full output at its polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants in Saudi Arabia next week, following their restart last week, a source close to the company said on Friday. 

“Both the linear low density PE (LLDPE) lines, the high density PE (HDPE) unit and the PP plant are currently running at low rates, but they are being ramped up,” the source said.

The 600,000 tonne/year LLDPE plant, consisting of two lines, was shut down in early November due to a shortage of raw materials and technical issues. The shutdown caused PetroRabigh to cut allocations of LLDPE to Asia by 50-70%, buyers said.

The 300,000 tonne/year HDPE unit and the 700,000 tonne/year PP facility at Rabigh have been operating at low rates due to technical problems, the source said.

Company officials were not available for comment.

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

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