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Petro Rabigh to take off-stream LLDPE No. 2 unit for maintenance in late February

February 20/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) --  Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) is planning to shut down its No. 2 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit 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 No. 2 LLDPE unit with the capacity of 250,000 tons/year could not be ascertained.

Petro Rabigh also operates No. 1 LLDPE unit at the same location with a capacty of 350,000 tons/year, which will be also taken off-stream for a turnaround at the same period of time.

Besides, the company has here a 300,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit and 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, LLDPE shipments to the Russian market grew in 2019 by 13% year on year to 398,000 tonnes. Domestic producers increased their output by 32%, thereby reducing dependence on imports by 6%

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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