24 April 2013 05:05 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Ar-Razi Saudi Methanol plans to shut its 1.7m tonne/year No 5 methanol plant at Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia in the fourth quarter of 2013 for scheduled maintenance, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.
The producer also plans to shut its 950,000 tonne/year No 4 methanol plant in the second half of 2013 for maintenance.
As this is a scheduled shutdown, there will be no impact on supplies, the source said.
Customers of the plants said their shipments have been on time, despite the regular maintenance carried out by the company at its various methanol facilities.
There are no maintenance plans this year for its No 1, 2 and 3 methanol plants.
The five plants have a combined methanol capacity of 4.9m tonnes/year.
Ar-Razi Saudi Methanol is a 50:50 joint venture between SABIC and a Japanese consortium led by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical.
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