Saudi's NATPET to shut PP plant in Feb for scheduled maintenance

15 January 2013 16:38  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia's National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) plans to shut down its polypropylene (PP) plant in February for scheduled maintenance, a source close to the producer said on Tuesday.

The annual maintenance shutdown is expected to begin in the second or third week of February and last for 12-16 days, the source added.

NATPET's PP plant is located in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, and has a nameplate capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year.

The PP plant produces homopolymer, and random and heterophasic copolymer grades.

A spate of production disruptions in the Middle East has tightened supply (see below) from the region into Africa, and exerted upward pressure on spot prices.

Meanwhile, a Middle East producer said Borouge's scheduled shutdown, originally planned for February, has been brought forward to the end of January. The shutdown is expected to last for six weeks, the producer said. However, this remains unconfirmed at source.

Company

Location

Product

Nameplate Capacity (tonnes/year)

Duration

Borouge

Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, UAE

PP

800,000 

February

Saudi Polymers

Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia

PP

400,000 

10 Nov-Jan 2013

PIC

Shuaiba, Kuwait

PP

150,000 

31 Dec-5 Jan 2013

PetroRabigh

Rabigh, Saudi Arabia

PP

700000

January

Saudi Polyolefins Co.

Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia

PP

720000

April (to be confirmed)

NATPET

Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

PP

400000

Feb (2nd-3rd week for 12-16 days)


By: Cuckoo James
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