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SABIC shut its cracker in Wilton owing to technical issues

June 22/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SABIC Europe, an affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), has unexpectedly shut its No. 6 cracker in Wilton (UK), reported S&P Global.

Thus, this cracker which has an annual ethylene capacity of 865,000 tonnes and propylene capacity of 415,000  tonnes was shut on June 17 due to technical issues.

It is not expected to come back online for another two weeks.

As MRC wrote before, SABIC took off-stream its SABIC Olefins 4 cracker owing to technical issues on May 10, 2019. Further details on duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained. Located in beek, the Netherlands, the cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 690,000 mt/year and a propylene production capacity of 360,000 mt/year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 721,290 tonnes in the first four month of 2020, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments grew partially because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim.  At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 347,440 tonnes in January-April 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Supply exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, PP random copolymer, propylene, LDPE, ethylene, Sabic, UK, Netherlands, Rossiya.
Category:General News
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