27 November 2013 10:55 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Petrochemical (SHARQ) shut its 700,000 tonne/year No 4 monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Al Jubail on 26 November because of mechanical issues at the unit’s reactor, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.
The company is looking into the problem and has yet to come up with a detailed restart schedule for the plant, the source said, but added that the shutdown could last at least a month.
SHARQ has earlier cancelled a planned shutdown at its No 4 unit, which was planned in mid-June, citing "good operating status" at the unit.
The company is a joint venture between Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC, Saudi Petrochemical Development and a consortium of Japanese firms led by Mitsubishi Corp.
SABIC officials could not be reached for comment on the issue.
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