Saudi's PetroRabigh sets end-April maintenance at PE, PP units

17 December 2010 08:59  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (PetroRabigh) plans to shut its polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants in Saudi Arabia for maintenance in end-April, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The company operates a 600,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year HDPE unit and a 700,000 tonne/year PP facility at Rabigh.

The plants were scheduled to be off line for about a month until end-May. “However, there is a strong likelihood that the plant may only restart around 5 June,” the source said.

PetroRabigh officials were not available for comment.

Supply of PE and PP would tighten in April as the company would restrict exports in order to build up inventories ahead of the turnaround, the source said.

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

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