Saudi’s Petro Rabigh extends catalytic cracker shutdown to end July

13 July 2011 09:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Petro Rabigh said on Wednesday that its high olefins fluid catalytic cracker (HOFCC) in Saudi Arabia will remain shut up to the end of July, leading to lower polypropylene (PP) and gasoline sales for the month.

“This is due to the scheduling of additional maintenance work on the main fractionator of the HOFCC,” the company said in a disclosure to the Saudi Stock Exchange.

The FCC unit produces 900,000 tonnes of propylene.

Petro Rabigh had said earlier that it will resume production at the HOFCC by the middle of July after more than two months of maintenance at its entire petrochemical complex in Rabigh.

The rest of the facilities at the complex, including the ethane cracker, polyethylene (PE) units and monoethylene glycol (MEG) plants, were restarted at the end of JunePetro, Petro Rabigh said.

“Petro Rabigh has made several shipments of refined and petrochemical products from its facilities since start-up procedures commenced last month,” it said.

The Rabigh complex includes a 400,000 bbl/day refinery, polymer facilities and a 700,000 tonne/year PP unit. The polymer facilities comprise a 600,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plant and a 300,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) line.

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

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

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By: Pearl Bantillo
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