Saudi petrochemicals firm Petro Rabigh says its ethane cracker is operating at full capacity after repairs to furnaces damaged during a power and steam outage a month ago. “On 6 October all emergency maintenance work resulting from the interruption has been completed. Full production capacity of all basic units in the complex has been reached, including the ethane cracker unit (95mn cfd) according to the set plan,” it says.

An 11 September power and steam outage led Petro Rabigh to tell utilities provider RAWEC it was terminating its water and energy supply agreement, and that it would seek SR187.5mn ($50mn) in compensation for lost earnings and plant damage. RAWEC has not responded publicly to Petro Rabigh’s threat. While repair work was underway, Petro Rabigh restarted basic units at the complex, and was able to run the cracker at limited throughput of 60mn cfd of gas (MEES, 27 September). (CONTINUED - 290 WORDS)