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Ras Lanuf resumed production at its PE plant in Libya

October 14/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Libyas National Oil Corporation (NOC), announced in a press release that it has resumed production at its PE unit in Ras Lanuf, Libya after having been shut since 2013, reported NCT.

The company said that the 160,000 tons/year plant restarted after the completion of maintenance works and extensive equipment repairs at its various utilities units, including water treatment units, power production units and shipping units at Ras Lanuf Port.

Around 60% of the plants output is expected to be exported in the long-term.

The company also announced that a second PE production line will be operational by May 2020.

As MRC informed earlier, in August 2019, Rasco received the first shipment of ethylene gas at its port as part of in efforts to restart its ethylene production. The company reported then that the tanker Stella Kosan had docked with the first shipment of about 4,000 metric tons of ethylene gas, which it said would be the first of numerous planned shipments needed to fill the ethylene tank at the cryogenic (freezing) area. These feedstock shipments will supply the polyethylene (PE) plant in preparation to re-start the plant "within next few days", Rasco said in August.

The Ras Lanuf ethylene plant were inactive since 2011, and the PE plant was suspended since 2013.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,436,390 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, ethylene, Ras Lanuf Oil, Libya, Libya, Russia.
Category:General News
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