MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Arabia’s Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh)has shut its phenol-acetone plant, according to Apic-online.
A Polymerupdate source in Saudi Arabia informed that, the company has started turnaround at the plant on February 24, 2020. The plant is expected to remain under maintenance for about one month.
Located at Rabigh in Saudi Arabia, the plant has a phenol capacity of 270,000 mt/year and acetone capacity of 165,000 mt/year.
As MRC wrote previously, Petro Rabigh is planning to shut its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia for maintenance in late February, 2020. At present the restart dates of this LDPE plant with the capacity of 160,000 tons/year could not be ascertained.
Petro Rabigh also operates No. 1 and 2 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) units at the same location with a combined capacty of 600,000 tons/year. Besides, the company has here a 300,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit.
Phenol is one of the main feedstocks for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in its turn, is used for the production of polycarbonate (PC).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of PC granules (excluding imports and exports to/from Belarus) totalled 78,500 tonnes in 2019, up by 15% year on year (68,100 tonnes a year earlier).
PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical, has an annual output capacity of 18 million tonnes of refined products and 2.4 million tonnes of petrochemicals. Thus, the complex currently has a cracker to produce 1.6-million t/y of ethylene, as well as downstream production of polyethylene, polypropylene, propylene oxide, ethylene glycol and butene-1.