Saudi Polyolefins to shut Al-Jubail PP in Feb for maintenance

23 December 2010 03:49  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Polyolefins plans to shut down its 720,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia for scheduled maintenance on 1 February 2011, a company source said on Thursday.

“The PP complex will be shut for three weeks,” the source said.

No information was available on whether the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at Al-Jubail, from which the PP facility sources propylene feedstock, would also be shut.

The PP facility consists of three lines – two lines with a combined capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year, and another line with an output of 270,000 tonnes/year.

The turnaround was expected to tighten supply of PP in the Middle East in the first quarter of 2011, traders said. Another regional plant, operated by Petrochemical Industries Co, is also due for a maintenance shutdown in March 2011.

Saudi Polyolefins is a joint venture between National Industrialisation Co (Tasnee) and LyondellBasell.

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