12 November 2012 08:39 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Polymers has suspended operations at its facilities in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia over the weekend, with the shutdown expected to last around four weeks, its parent firm – The National Petrochemical Co (Petrochem) said on Sunday.
Some of the units of the project ran into technical issues, causing them not to operate as designed, Petrochem said in a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange or Tadawul.
The project operators and technology providers deemed it best to shut down some of the project’s units to perform the necessary maintenance safely.
“As of 10 November 2012 all production at the plant has been suspended. It is expected that it will take around four weeks for the plant to have all units back up and operating,” Petrochem said.
Saudi Polymers’ petrochemical complex can produce 1.16m tonnes/year of ethylene; 1.1m tonnes/year of polyethylene; 430,000 tonnes/year of propylene; 400,000 tonnes of polypropylene (PP); 200,000 tonnes/year of polystyrene (PS); and 100,000 tonnes/year of 1-hexene.
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