Saudi’s SHARQ to shut LLDPE units in early May for maintenance

23 March 2012 06:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi producer Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ) is planning to shut both its linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) facilities in Al-Jubail from early May for a month-long scheduled turnaround, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The two LLDPE plants have a total nameplate capacity of 750,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

The producer did not comment on the shutdown.

The company will continue running its two high density PE (HDPE) units, each with a nameplate capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year, during the turnaround, the source added.

SHARQ is a joint venture between Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Saudi Petrochemical Development Company (SPDC), a consortium of Japanese companies led by the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Additional reporting by Chow Beelin


By: Ong Sheau Ling
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