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Petronas mulls over maintenance shutdown at PE plant in Malaysia

March 01/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, is planning to shut its polyethylene (PE) plants in Kerteh, Malaysia in March 2021 for a brief turnaround, according to CommoPlast.

The tentative plan calls for two to three weeks offline of all PE units, however, the producer has yet to form a concrete decision on the timeline.

The Kerteh complex houses an linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)/high denisty polyethylene (HDPE) swing line with an annual output of 250,000 tons/year and a standalone 50,000 tons/year LLDPE line.

As MRC wrote earlier, in June 2019, Petronas, and Saudi Aramco started operations at their new 1.2-million-tonnes-per-year naphtha cracker. The cracker is part of the USD2.7 billion joint-venture oil refinery and petrochemical project known as RAPID - or Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development - located in Pengerang in the state of Johor, at the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased.

Petronas, short for Petroliam Nasional Berhad, is a Malaysian oil and gas company wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia. The Group is engaged in a wide spectrum of petroleum activities, including upstream exploration and production of oil and gas to downstream oil refining; marketing and distribution of petroleum products; trading; gas processing and liquefaction; gas transmission pipeline network operations; marketing of liquefied natural gas; petrochemical manufacturing and marketing; shipping; automotive engineering; and property investment.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, LLDPE, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, PET preforms, Petronas, Saudi Aramco, Malaysia, Russia.
Category:General News
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