Saudi Petro Rabigh extends shutdown of VGO hydrotreating unit

17 April 2014 08:17 Source:ICIS News

KARACHI (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical’s (Petro Rabigh) has extended the shutdown of its vacuum gas oil (VGO) hydrotreating unit and operations are now expected to begin in the fourth week of April, the company said late on Wednesday.

The VGO unit was shut on 27 March for a catalyst change, and was expected to resume normal operation on 19 April.

“Rabigh extended maintenance work scheduled for the unit, which began on 27 March, and now the unit will shut for six more days from the previously scheduled date. It will re-run on 25 April,” the company said in a statement to Saudi stock exchange.

The company said it expects the shutdown to have an estimated Saudi riyal (SR) 215m ($57.3m) hit on its second-quarter financial results.

Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Oil Co and Sumitomo Chemical, has an annual output capacity of 18m tonnes of refined products and 2.4m tonnes of petrochemicals.

($1 = SR3.75)

By Aamir Ashraf