MOSCOW (MRC) -- Kuwait's Equate has recently lowered the operating rate for its Kuwait-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) production units to between 70-80%, industry sources told TPS.
A company source from MEGlobal, EQUATE's trading arm, confirmed with TPS that its operating rates had been lowered, but could not comment further.
Industry sources told TPS that the plants were shut over the weekend due to supply tightness for upstream feedstock. Unconfirmed reports of the shutdown first surfaced last Friday afternoon, and triggered a rebound on MEG spot prices.
Equate runs two MEG plants in Shuaiba, Kuwait, with a combined operating capacity of 1.45 million mt/year. Its No. 1 MEG plant has an annual production capacity of 530,000 mt/year, while its No. 2 MEG unit produces 615,000 mt of MEG a year.
As MRC informed previously, Equate Petrochemical Company President and CEO Mohammad Hussain said a project aimed at increasing polyethylene (PE) production would be completed in the first half of next year. The first phase of this project regarding production of ethylene would end this year, while the second phase, the PE plant, would be completed next year, he said. Hussain, answering a KUNA question in a news conference on fringes of the 10th session of the forum of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), said this project would contribute to boosting polyethylene production from 825,000 tons to a million tons.
Established in 1995, Equate Petrochemical Company is an international joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, Equate is the single operator of a fully integrated world-scale manufacturing facility producing over 5 million tons annually of high-quality petrochemical products which are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.