Saudi's SEPC cancels Al-Jubail HDPE turnaround

20 April 2011 11:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene (SEPC) has cancelled its planned 15-day shutdown of its 400,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant at Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia, a company official said on Wednesday.

“We decided that there is no need for maintenance at the [HDPE] facility, so we cancelled the turnaround,” the source said, without elaborating further.

 The turnaround had been planned to start from the middle of May.

“We have quantities to offer for May shipments and offers will be announced by this Sunday [24 April]. At the moment, we are looking at a rollover from April,” the source added.

The HDPE facility is running at full tilt as is the company's low density PE (LDPE) unit of the same capacity, which is located at the same site. 

SEPC is a three-way venture with National Industrialisation Co (TASNEE) owning a 50.6% share, Sahara Olefins with 24.4% and LyondellBasell holding the remaining 25%.

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By: Ong Sheau Ling
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