Saudi Polymers restarts Jubail ops after turnaround: Petrochem

07 October 2013 04:13  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Polymers restarted operations in Jubail on 4 October following a turnaround that began late last month, its parent firm Saudi Arabian National Petrochemical Co (Petrochem) said over the weekend.

“Saudi polymers plant came back to work on Friday, October 4 after finalizing the maintenance works,” Petrochem said in a bourse filing.

The polymers plant was shut down on September 22. It was an unplanned shutdown.

Saudi Polymers – a 65:35 joint venture between Petrochem and Chevron Phillips Arabic – is designed to produce 1.16m tonnes/year of ethylene; 1.1m tonnes/year of polyethylene; 430,000 tonnes/year of propylene; 400,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene; 200,000 tonnes/year of polystyrene; and 100,000 tonnes/year of hexane 1.

Petrochem said it expects to book production losses worth Saudi riyal (SR) 60m because of the shutdown.

Saudi Polymers has faced several interruptions since it started commercial operation in October 2012. In July this year, operations were shut for about three weeks because of a technical fault at one of the refrigeration units at the site.

By: Aamir Ashraf

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