Production of polypropylene from Saudi Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company has been halted due to a technical problem, according to Petro Rabigh president Ziad al-Labban.
The rest of the production units are fully operational, Al-Labban revealed.
“We replaced the dryer desiccant in the high olefins catalytic cracker (HOCC), which is running currently at 60% of capacity. The modification has cut propylene feed and halted polypropylene output,” said Al-Labban. He added that he expects the unit to be back up and running by the first week of December.
The other major units including the ethylene cracker and the crude distillation unit are working at full capacity, al-Labban said. At full stretch, the complex will produce 2.4 million t/y of petrochemicals and 18 million t/y of refined products.
Petro Rabigh is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo.