Petro Rabigh expects to resume production in time for the peak polymer demand season in the Middle East

09-Aug-11
Petro Rabigh expects to resume complete production at its petrochemical complex by mid-August, just in time for the peak polymer demand season in the Middle East. As per Saudi Gazette, the company restarted its high olefins fluid catalytic cracker (HOFCC) on July 31 after a prolonged maintenance, with its Rabigh petrochemical complex set to achieve full operational capacity by Aug. 15. The whole petrochemical complex was taken off line on April 21 for maintenance. Polymer demand in the Middle East is expected to improve in September at the end of Ramadan. The Rabigh complex includes a 400,000 bpd refinery, a 700,000 tpa polypropylene (PP) plant; a 600,000 tpa linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit; a 300,000 tpa high density PE (HDPE) plant, 200,000 tpa propylene oxide (PO) facility and a 600,000 tpa monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant.
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