Kuwait's EQUATE shuts Shuaiba MEG No 1 unit as fire erupts nearby

01 August 2012 08:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Kuwait’s EQUATE shut its 550,000 tonne/year No 1 monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Shuaiba on 31 July as a safety precaution following a fire that erupted near the facility, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The company is in the process of investigating the reasons for the fire and will come up with a detailed shutdown schedule in the coming days, the source said.

EQUATE’s 600,000 tonne/year No 2 MEG plant at the same site continues to operate and will not be taken off line, the source said.

The company is a joint venture between US’ Dow Chemical and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC).

By: Becky Zhang
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