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Petro Rabigh to shut LDPE plant for maintenance in late February

February 25/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) --  Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) is planning to shut its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia for maintenance in late February, 2020, reported NCT with reference to sources familiar with the matter.

At present the restart dates of this LDPE plant with the capacity of 160,000 tons/year could not be ascertained.

Petro Rabigh also operates No. 1 and 2 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) units at the same location with a combined capacty of 600,000 tons/year.

Besides, the company has here a 300,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit.

Sources also said they expect no impact on supplies during the shutdown.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, December estimated LDPE consumption virtually remained in Russia at the level of November - about 54,580 tonnes. Lower imports were offset by a decrease in export sales. Russia's estimated LDPE consumption totalled 593,660 tonnes in 2019, up by 9% year on year. Some producers' LDPE exports decreased, whereas imports grew by 25%.

PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical, has an annual output capacity of 18 million tonnes of refined products and 2.4 million tonnes of petrochemicals. Thus, the complex currently has a cracker to produce 1.6-million t/y of ethylene, as well as downstream production of polyethylene, polypropylene, propylene oxide, ethylene glycol and butene-1.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, Petro Rabigh, Russia, Saudi Arabia.
Category:General News
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