Saudi Arabia’s SABIC defers start-up of new Yanbu PET plant

08 February 2013 12:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s SABIC has deferred the start-up of its new 420,000 tonne/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Yanbu to the second half of 2013, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The plant was originally expected to start up by the end of first-quarter 2013.

The source did not give a reason for the deferred start-up. SABIC currently operates a 330,000 tonne/year PET plant at Yanbu.

The total installed PET capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council region will increase to more than 2m tonnes/year when the new Yanbu plant starts up, industry sources said.

The region’s own demand is estimated to be around 325,000 tonnes/year in 2013, the sources added.

Additional reporting by Lanny Chandra

By: Prema Viswanathan
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