Saudi Kayan begins start-up activity at new LDPE unit

04 September 2012 09:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Kayan Petrochemical began its start-up activity at its new 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia earlier this week, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The company was feeding ethylene into the plant as part of the start up process, the source explained.

Previously, the new LDPE plant was scheduled to start up in July, the source said, without stating any reason for the delay.

“[The plant] is at its starting-up phase now. However, it remains unclear when the commercial start-up will take place,” the source added.

Products from this new unit will be marketed globally, with the main market targeted at China, he said.

Saudi Arabia chemicals major SABIC owns a 35% stake in Saudi Kayan Petrochemical, while Al-Kayan Petrochemical holds a 20% stake. The remaining 45% is held by public shareholders.


By: Ong Sheau Ling
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