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Petro Rabigh to take off-stream HDPE plant for turnaround in late February

February 19/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) --  Saudi Arabias Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) is planning to shut its high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia for maintenance in late February, 2020, reported NCT with reference to sources familiar with the matte.

At present the restart dates of this HDPE plant with the capacity of 300,000 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 160,000 tons/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's HDPE production totalled about 868,000 tonnes in 2019, down by 10% year on year. All manufacturers reduced production volumes, primarily due to long scheduled maintenance works.

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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