Saudi Arabia’s Petro Rabigh announced on 15 September that a power and steam outage four days earlier had damaged furnaces in the plant’s ethane cracker. “The crude oil refining unit was not damaged by the outage,” said the company. “Work has begun on the undamaged furnaces in the ethane cracker unit in order to restart them in the next few days. The repair and maintenance operation on the damaged furnaces is expected to last 16 days.”

Petro Rabigh says that while utilities provider RAWEC re-established power and water supplies later on 11 September, subsequent engineering checks revealed damage to some furnaces. The company estimates the financial impact of repair work and lost profits from sales at SR250mn ($67mn), to appear in the firm’s third quarter results. RAWEC is contracted to provide 360MW of electricity, 1,230 tons/hour of steam and 5,580 t/h of water to the Petro Rabigh complex. (CONTINUED - 387 WORDS)