Saudi Kayan eyes 3-week shutdown at olefins plant from 5 Feb

28 January 2013 04:47  [Source: ICIS news]

Al-Jubail (adds fourth paragraph on MEG capacity from ICIS data, recasts fifth paragraph for clarity)

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Kayan plans to shut its olefins facility in Al Jubail on 5 February for about three weeks of scheduled maintenance, the Saudi Arabian producer said over the weekend.

Its ethylene glycol and ethylene oxide facility, meanwhile, will be shut for about 10 weeks from 10 February for routine maintenance and technical repairs, the company said in a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange.

Saudi Kayan has an ethylene capacity of 1.48m tonnes/year and can produce 630,000 tonnes of propylene. It can also produce 566,000 tonnes/year of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and 550,000 tonnes/year of ethylene oxide (EO), according to its website.

ICIS data, however, showed that the Saudi Kayan’s MEG capacity is 650,000 tonnes/year.

The plants’ shutdown will affect production of EO derivatives, which also use polycarbonate (PC), phenolic and amines as raw materials.

Saudi Kayan has a 260,000 tonne/year PC plant in Al Jubail, and can produce 100,000 tonnes/year of amines, according to the company’s website.

The company is an affiliate of Saudi Arabian petrochemical giant SABIC.

By: Pearl Bantillo
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