MOSCOW (MRC) -- OQ Chem plans to resume operations at its polypropylene (PP) plant in Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC), Oman after an unscheduled turnaround, according to CommoPlast with reference to market sources.
This plant was unexpectedly taken off-stream on 10 January, 2022, due to a technical issue following seawater backflow.
The PP plant that consists of three production lines with a combined capacity of 300,000 tons/year will remain shut for about two weeks.
Meanwhile, the company’s 880,000 tons/year polyethylene (PE plant) was not affected by the incident.
As MRC reported earlier, in May, 2020, Energy powerhouse OQ (formerly Oman Oil and Orpic Group) announced the launch of the commissioning phase of Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC), a giant petrochemicals project being set up at an investment of USD6.7 billion.
According to MR's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.