Saudi’s PetroRabigh to resume petrochemical operations by mid-July

06 June 2011 05:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PetroRabigh expects to resume operations at its petrochemical complex at Rabigh in Saudi Arabia by the middle of July, the company said in a disclosure to the Saudi Stock Exchange on Sunday.

Its high olefins cracking unit will be the last to be restarted after more than a month of maintenance, PetroRabigh said.

Other production units will be restarted, with a 1.3m tonne/year cracker at the complex expected to be back on line before the end of the month.

The utilities units at the complex have been back in operation from 31 May, while a crude distillation unit at the site will be on line on 7 June, the company added.

PetroRabigh shut its entire petrochemical complex for maintenance on 21 April.

“The financial impact of the [periodic maintenance] will be a decrease in the sales of the second quarter and a decrease in polypropylene [PP] sales during the first two weeks of the third quarter,” the company said.

The Rabigh complex includes a 400,000 bbl/day refinery, a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit that produces 900,000 tonnes/year of propylene. It also houses polymer facilities comprising 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 PP unit.

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

PetroRabigh is a joint venture between oil and gas firm Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical Co.

By: Pearl Bantillo
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