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Saudi Polymers starts polystyrene marketing drive ahead of plant startup

March 13/2012
(plastemart) -- Saudi Polymers has begun marketing product from its new 200,000 tpa polystyrene plant in March, despite a delay in startup.

A polystyrene converter has received offers from Saudi Polymers on their general purpose grade polystyrene crystals, but declined to comment on price details or volumes. Samples will be received from Saudi Polymers. Thereafter, it will take three months to test the GPPS and about 9-12 months to test the high impact polystyrene before placing an order.

The PS plant will receive styrene monomer feedstock from Jubail Chevron Philips Company"s 777,000 tpa styrene monomer plant at Al Jubail. Prior to the startup of the PS plant, Chevron Philips had been shipping around 10,000-15,000 mt/month of styrene out to its storage facilities in the Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp area. Chevron Philips leased two storage facilities owned by Vopak in the ARA area but gave up on those agreements in 2012 as the excess styrene would be channeled as feed for the PS plant.

Saudi Polymers" integrated petrochemicals complex is built around an ethane-propane mix gas cracker, with the capacity to produce 1.165 mln tpa of ethylene and 445,000 tpa of propylene. The entire olefins production is slated for captive use. Downstream from the cracker there is also a 400,000 tpa polypropylene plant and a 100,000 tpa 1-Hexane plant.

mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, propylene, styrene, ethylene.
Category:General News
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