Kuwait's EQUATE shuts No 2 ethylene unit on technical issue

10 July 2017 07:51 Source:ICIS News

EquateSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Kuwait's EQUATE said on Monday its 850,000 tonne/year No 2 ethylene unit in Shuaiba was unexpectedly shut because of a technical issue.

“The output of other units, such as ethylene glycol (EG) and polyethylene (PE) in Kuwait, was also impacted by this development,” it said in a statement.

The No 2 ethylene unit is owned by the Kuwait Olefins Company (TKOC), which is part of the EQUATE Group.

“We are currently considering all the details and our preliminary assessment suggests resuming normal operations in about two weeks,” said EQUATE’s president and CEO Mohammad Husain.

“Our priorities are simple, which are the safety of everyone and resuming operations at the earliest.”

EQUATE produces about 825,000 tonnes/year of high density PE (HDPE) and linear low density PE (LLDPE) at the Shuaiba site, as well as 600,000 tonnes/year of EG.

(pictured: EQUATE's petrochemicals complex, Kuwait. source: EQUATE)

By Nurluqman Suratman