Kuwait’s Equate petrochemicals joint venture has begun debottlenecking its polyethylene (PE) units in a bid to raise total PE production capacity to 1mn tons/year from the current 825,000 t/y. The company expects to complete the project in 2016.

The first phase of the debottlenecking took place during a 20 November-20 December complete shutdown of most of Equate’s olefins based units – two ethane crackers with a combined 1.8mn t/y of ethylene capacity which feed a number of polyethylene and ethylene glycol units – and related utilities (see table). (CONTINUED - 690 WORDS)