Sahara Petrochemical announces 2nd emergency shutdown at Al Waha polypropylene complex within 38 days

Sahara Petrochemical Company declared that its subsidiary Al Waha Petrochemicals Company experienced a technical issue in the propane de-hydrogenation unit on 19 October 2018, which led to the interruption of production process for polypropylene.

Al Waha Petrochemicals Company is a joint venture between Sahara and Basell Arabie Investissements SAS.
Al Waha Petrochemicals Company is a joint venture between Sahara and Basell Arabie Investissements SAS.

The management of the company evaluated the issue and decided to carry out repairs before re-operation.

The repairing process is expected to end in a period not exceeding 10 days, which started on 21 October, which means missed opportunity for the profitability of nearly $3.73mn based on current polypropylene prices, which will affect the expected profits in the fourth quarter of this year.

During the shutdown period, the company’s clients will be supplied from the standby reserves available in its warehouse.

Last month, Sahara Petrochemical Company declared that its subsidiary Al Waha Petrochemicals Company was affected on 12 September 2018 by a technical fault caused due to power outages, which led to the interruption of production processes in all operating units.

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