PetroRabigh PO plant remains shut after problems, say sources

31 July 2013 12:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PetroRabigh’s propylene oxide (PO) facility is still shut after technical problems in June, market sources said on Wednesday.

The 200,000 tonne/year facility at Rabigh in Saudi Arabia has had mechanical issues since December 2012 that have caused production to be intermittent. The unit had been operating for around one month after it was restarted in early May following unspecified production problems.

As a result of the outage, the company is likely to reduce its spot availability to Asia in August, pending confirmation as company officials have declined to provide further comment. Shipments from the Middle East typically take around six weeks to arrive at ports in Asia.

The company is a 50:50 joint venture between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical.

By: Jingyi Chan
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