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SEPC to shut cracker for scheduled turnaround on 23 May

May 17/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Company (SEPC), a subsidiary of Tasnee, is planning to start a routine maintenance at its cracker in Jubail on 23 May, 2021, according to CommoPlast with reference to market sources. 

The cracker that produces 1 million tons/year of ethylene and 285,000 tons/year of propylene will be shut for a turnaround for about 27 days.

The company also operates a 400,000 tons/year of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and a 400,000 tons/year of low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at the same site.

As MRC informed before, Saudi Arabia's National Industrialization Company, or Tasnee, had announced a curtailment of feedstock to petrochemical affiliates in varying proportions by an average of 41% due to the attacks on key Saudi Aramco facilities on Saturday, 14 September 2019. Tasnee owns a majority stake in Saudi Polyolefins Company and Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Company.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 576,270 tonnes in the first three month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 410,890 tonnes in January-March 2021, up by 56% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.

SEPC is a joint venture between Tasnee, Sahara Petrochemical Company, and LyondellBasell.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, LyondellBasell, Sahara Petrochemical, Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Company, Tasnee, Russia.
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