23 August 2011 04:04 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia's Petro Rabigh restarted its propylene oxide (PO) plant over the weekend following a turnaround that lasted almost four months, market sources said on Tuesday.
The 200,000 tonne/year PO facility, located at Rabigh in ?xml:namespace>
The company had targeted to restart the
Petro Rabigh officials declined to comment on plant operations.
Tight availability of PO imports sent spot prices in Asia surging by about $200/tonne (€140/tonne) over the past four weeks to $2,030-2,090/tonne CFR (cost and freight)
"Any PO cargoes that Petro Rabigh can dispatch to
Prices may soften in the coming weeks when regional supplies normalise, he said.
The Rabigh petrochemical complex includes a 400,000 bbl/day refinery and high olefins fluid catalytic cracker (HOFCC) that produce 1.3m tonnes/year of ethylene and 900,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
The HOFCC resumed production on 31 July.
Petro Rabigh is a 50:50 joint venture between Saudi Aramco and
($1 = €0.70)
Additional reporting by Vikki Shen in
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