Kuwait's PIC to restart PP plant on 5 January after outage

02 January 2013 12:42  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) is planning to restart its Shuaiba polypropylene (PP) plant on 5 January after an unplanned outage, a source at the company said on Wednesday.

The plant was shut down on 31 December as a result of technical problems. PIC's PP plant at Shuaiba has a nameplate capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year.

"There are minor technical problems [and the] reactor is down. We are trying to be back on production by [January] 5th," the source said.

PIC supplies homopolymer PP in Africa and the Middle East. The almost week-long outage at PIC is unlikely to significantly affect overall PP supply.

However, other plant shutdowns in the Middle East (see below) are likely to reduce PP exports from the region into Africa in the coming weeks.

In addition, ongoing congestion at the Saudi ports of Jeddah and Dammam continue to delay the arrival of exports into Africa.

Company

Location

Product

Nameplate capacity

Duration of turnaround

Borouge

Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE

PP

800,000 tonnes/year

February 2013

Saudi Polymers

Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia

PP

400,000 tonnes/year

10 November 2012 –January 2013 (date unknown)

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic)

Sohar, Oman

PP

340,000 tonnes/year

February-March 2013

Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC)

Shuaiba, Kuwait

PP

150,000 tonnes/year

31 December 2012 – 5 January  2013


By: Cuckoo James
+44 (0) 208 652 3214



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