Saudi’s PetroRabigh starts maintenance at petchem complex 21 Apr

20 April 2011 09:57  [Source: ICIS news]

PetroRabigh starts petchems turnaroundSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (PetroRabigh) will shut its entire petrochemical complex in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, on 21 April for annual maintenance of up to 60 days, a company official said on Wednesday.

The complex includes a 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker.

“The facilities at the site will gradually restart after 45 days, and by [the] 59th to 60th day, the entire petrochemical site should resume full operations,” the official said.

The site also houses a 400,000 bbl/day refinery, a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit that produces 900,000 tonnes/year of propylene..

Polymer facilities at the site consist of a 600,000 tonne/year of linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year of high density PE (HDPE) line, and a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit.

Other downstream units include a 200,000 tonne/year propylene oxide (PO) plant and a 600,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG).

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

PE and PP supply has been limited in April and will likely remain tight until PetroRabigh’s polymer facilities restart in second half of June, according to the company’s customers.

PP players are mulling raising prices for May shipments because of the expected tight supply as regional plants are scheduled to undergo turnarounds, industry sources said.

By: Ong Sheau Ling
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