Saudi Aramco will delay naphtha shipments from its Petro Rabigh Refinery by about five days due to unknown reasons, according to industry sources.
Reuters reported that a gasoline-making unit will stay offline for two-three weeks.
Petro Rabigh announced in early June that it has resumed operation gradually at its complex, following 60 days scheduled maintenance. In the same statement, the company said that it will restart the high olefins fluid catalytic unit by mid July.
Traders estimated that Petro Rabigh exports around 250,000 tonnes of naphtha a month. Saudi Aramco, Asia's top naphtha supplier, also exports naphtha from other of its refineries including Yanbu and Jubail. In total, it exports around 8 million tonnes of naphtha a year but it is net short of gasoline and relies on imports to meet demand.