11 May 2012 09:00 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--SABIC plans to further prolong the shutdown at a 700,000 tonne/year No 1 monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant operated by Jubail United Petrochemical Co (JUPC) to end-May or early June because of mechanical issues, a source close to the company said on Friday.
JUPC, which is a subsidiary of SABIC, shut the No 1 plant at Jubail in early April for a planned 10-day maintenance, but mechanical issues at its upstream cracker prompted a delay the restart of the MEG plant to early May, the source said.
“The cracker problem has been solved, but further problems at the ethylene glycol unit were identified,” the source said.
Total MEG production loss from a two-month shutdown is estimated at around 120,000 tonnes, according to the source.
JUPC, which is a wholly owned by Saudi petrochemical major SABIC, runs two MEG plants at Jubail.
Its 640,000 tonne/year No 2 unit is currently running at full rate, the source said.
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