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PE and PP plants in Al-Jubail were shut because of a power outage

January 20/2012

(ICIS) -- Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plants in Saudi Arabias Al-Jubail Industrial Park were forced to shut on the evening of 19 January because of a power outage, raising concerns about polymer prices in China, southeast Asia and India, industry sources said on Friday.

PE and PP plants in Al-Jubail were shut because of a power outage
Most of the PE, PP plants of SABIC and other major Saudi producers had to be shut down in the industrial complex following the power trip on Thursday evening. The power outage did not extend to the entire complex, so some crackers, PE, PP units are unaffected, a source close to SABIC said. Since not all the crackers were down, we can feed the feedstock to the PE and PP plants, reducing the impact of production loss, he said.


The largest of SABICs PE and PP production facilities are housed in Al-Jubail, while other plants are based in Yanbu, he added. We have some linear low density polyethylene [LLDPE] inventories, so February allocations will not be severely affected, he added. The source was uncertain about the restart date of the affected plants.


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