Saudi Arabia petrochemicals transport volumes fall in May

26 July 2011 17:57  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The volume of petrochemicals passing through ports in Saudi Arabia dipped slightly in May, according to data released by the Saudi Ports Authority on Tuesday.

Data showed that 2.59m tonnes of petrochemicals passed through the Kingdom’s ports in May, down from 2.68m tonnes in the same month last year and 2.66m tonnes in April 2011, according to the authority.

Throughput fell at all of the country’s major ports in May apart from at Dammam, in the country’s eastern province, where the volume of petrochemicals passing through rose to 348,707 tonnes, up from 340,310 tonnes in May 2010 and 320,143 tonnes in April 2011.

However, overall volumes are up for the year. In the five months to the end of May, a total of 12.56m tonnes of petrochemicals passed through Saudi Arabian ports. The figure for the same period in 2010 was 11.75m tonnes.

The volume of petrochemicals passing through the country’s ports has risen consistently in recent years. In 2010, the figure was 30.7m tonnes, up from 26.2m tonnes in 2009 and 23.9m tonnes in 2008.


By: Peter Salisbury
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