Saudi Arabia and India over the anti-dumping duties on PE

(Plastemart) -- Talks are underway between Saudi Arabia and India over the anti-dumping dumping duties levied on polyethylene (PE) imports by India, the chief executive of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), is reported to have said as per Reuters.

This year saw China and India launch anti-dumping probes of Gulf firms, including SABIC, to assess whether methanol was being dumped onto the Chinese market at below-production prices.


Reconstruction of oil and petrochem terminal in Malaysia to be completed early 2011

(Plastemart) -- Reconstruction is to complete in early 2011 on the oil and petrochemicals terminal in Malaysia's Tanjung Langsat Port, as per Platts. The port was shut following a fire in August 2008. Reconstruction on tanks 1 and 2, with a combined capacity of 20,000m3 are still under way and are targeted for completion end January 2011. Full operation at the 100,000m3 oil and petrochemicals terminal is expected at the end March or early April next year.

This will be followed by the inspections and the approval process by the federal authority's Department of Occupational Safety and Health, or DOSH, all of which will take an estimated two months, following which the terminal will be able to restart at full capacity.


Taiwan's energy demand fell after petrochemical maker shut plants

(Bloomberg) -- Taiwan's energy demand fell for the first time in more than a year after the island's biggest petrochemical maker shut plants for routine maintenance and unscheduled repairs.

Combined consumption of coal, petroleum, gas, thermal energy and electricity declined 0.1 percent in October from a year earlier to the equivalent of 10.1 million kiloliters of oil, or about 2 million barrels a day, according to an e-mailed report from the Bureau of Energy in Taipei today. Demand last dropped in August last year.

Formosa Petrochemical Corp., Taiwan's biggest petrochemical maker, shut its second-largest ethylene plant on Oct. 5 for scheduled repairs. The company also halted a residual fuel processing plant and its smallest ethylene unit after fires in July. The chemical is a raw material for plastics and fabrics.


Oman Polypropylene Company shuts down plant

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Oman Polypropylene Company has shut down its polypropylene plant located in its facility in Sohar, Oman, for two weeks, according to a source close to the company. A shortage of propylene feedstock caused the company to halt production. The plant was expected to resume its operation in mid-December.

The polypropylene plant had also reduced its operational rate in early November as the refinery at Al Fahl Port was closed for maintenance.

The polypropylene maker is 40% owned by Oman Oil. LG International, Gulf Investment and International Petroleum Investment each hold a 20% share in OPP.


Sabic innovative plastics solution for extruded window frames and gutters

(Azom) -- SABIC Innovative Plastics developed Geloy XTW resin, a high-end acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate (ASA) resin that has become the standard for excellence in co-extruded window profiles, gutters, siding and roofing for the building and construction industry.

When used as a cap layer over polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other materials, Geloy XTW ASA resin maintains its color and gloss up to 10 times better than competitive products. This resin demonstrates SABIC Innovative Plastics' unmatched ability to repeatedly develop breakthrough materials that give customers a significant differentiator in challenging market sectors.