Saudi fertilizer producer Safco begins ammonia line turnarounds

03 April 2013 14:55  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi fertilizer producer Safco has commenced a scheduled 14-day turnaround on its No 4 ammonia line, and will start a seven-week turnaround on its No 2 ammonia line later this month, co-owner SABIC said on Wednesday.

Routine maintenance on the No 4 line began on 1 April and will end on 15 April, Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC said in a brief production update, adding that the 52-day turnaround on the other ammonia line will start on 16 April.

The work on two of Safco's four ammonia lines at Jubail in the east of Saudi Arabia will reduce the company's ammonia surplus by 60,000-70,000 tonnes.

Earlier this week, SABIC subsidiary Ma'aden Phosphate Company began an "unscheduled" two-week shutdown of its ammonia plant at Ras Al-Khair that will reduce its ammonia output by 80,000-90,000 tonnes over this period.

However, on Wednesday SABIC said this turnaround will "probably take longer than initially expected", but said it could not provide further details until next week.

"We were ready for [this] situation and have secured all long-term [ammonia] commitments," it added in today's statement.

SABIC normally exports more than 100,000 tonnes of ammonia per month to contract customers in India, southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific, but occasionally sells ammonia cargoes on a spot basis.

By: Richard Ewing
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