Saudi Arabia's PetroRabigh to shut down cracker in late April

02 March 2011 10:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (PetroRabigh) plans to shut its 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker at Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, for scheduled maintenance in late April, sources close to the company said on Wednesday.

The cracker is expected to be taken off line in late April for around 40-45 days, the sources said, without providing specific dates.

After the cracker is shut down, PetroRabigh also plans to take off line the site's derivative polymer plants for maintenance, one of the sources said.

The turnarounds at the derivative units would be completed by early or mid-June, the source added.

The company's Rabigh facility includes a 600,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) unit and a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.

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

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By: Peh Soo Hwee
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