03 January 2013 03:07 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia's Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (PetroRabigh) may restart its 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker in late January, after shutting the unit on 29 December because of a power outage, a source close to the company said on Thursday.
The producer was not immediately available for comment.
The ethane cracker and its derivative plants were shut on 29 December because of the power outage, the producer said in a press statement.
“Regarding the interruption of power and steam supplies for the entire Complex by the provider, the Company would like to state that when the power outage occurred, all operations were halted per the safety procedures in place, which had a positive result in having no damage or casualties,” it said on its website.
The downstream facilities that were shut include a 600,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) line, a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit and a 600,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant.
The producer will decide shortly whether to press on with its plans to shut its LLDPE plant in January for a three-week turnaround, said a second source close to the company.
It was not known when the downstream plants will be restarted, the sources said.
Additional reporting by Chow Bee Lin, Peh Soo Hwee
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