12 September 2012 10:57 [Source: ICB]
Saudi Polymers will start shipments to Asia of on-spec high density polyethylene (HDPE) film and blow molding grades from its new facilities in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, this month. The company is 65%-owned by Saudi Arabia's National Petrochemical (Petrochem), with the remaining 35% held by Chevron Phillips Petrochemical (ACP) - a subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical.
A first-quarter start-up was originally planned at Al-Jubail
Saudi Polymers' new facility at the site in Al- Jubail can produce 1.17m tonnes/year of ethylene. Downstream units consist of two 550,000 tonne/year HDPE lines; a 400,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant; a 200,000 tonne/year polystyrene (PS) unit, and a 100,000 tonne/year 1-hexene plant.
Off-spec PS material from Saudi Polymers has been made available to Asia since July, sources said.
The Al-Jubail complex was initially planned to come on stream in the first quarter of this year but mechanical problems at the cracker prevented the downstream plants starting up on schedule.
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