Kuwait's PIC runs PP unit at 100% after brief shutdown

08 November 2012 10:23  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) is running its 150,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at Shuaiba at 100% capacity after maintenance works at its upstream fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit were completed, a company source said on Thursday.

The PP plant was taken off line in October for two weeks because of the maintenance works at its FCC unit.

The 150,000 tonne/year FCC unit, owned by Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC), supplies 70% of PIC’s feedstock propylene, the source said.

Prior to the shutdown, the PP unit ran at an operating rate of 85-90% because of shortage of feedstock propylene from KNPC, he added.

“Our sales volumes have resumed back to normal in November, but October was low because of the shutdown,” he said.

PIC produces raffia, injection, fibre and BOPP film grades, and exports to countries in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia.  

By: Ong Sheau Ling
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