Saudi's JUPC to shut No 1 MEG unit in August for maintenance

13 July 2012 09:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Jubail United Petrochemical Co (JUPC) plans to shut its 700,000 tonne/year No 1 monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in August for a brief maintenance, sources close to the company said on Friday.

The plant, located in Jubail, was restarted in mid-June after around two months of shutdown to address some mechanical problems at the unit’s reactor.

“The operation at the unit is not so well after the restart, but the problem is not that serious,” one of the sources said.

The August shutdown is expected to last around 10 days, he added.

JUPC’s 640,000 tonne/year No 2 MEG plant at the same site in Jubail that was shut in mid-May because of the same mechanical issues as the No 1 unit, is expected to be restarted at the end of July, slightly behind the original schedule in late July, the source said.

The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's petrochemical major SABIC.

“The impact on supply is limited as SABIC has stocked up on sufficient inventories to ensure regular supplies to its term customers,” said a major regional trader.

By: Becky Zhang
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