Kuwait's EQUATE Petrochemical Company has been forced to shut one of its 550,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) ethylene glycol (EG) plant in the Shuaiba Industrial Area due a fire accident that took place on Tuesday, a company spokesperson told DownstreamToday Thursday.
"The shutdown [will] last around six weeks. Production operations of the other units are unaffected and ongoing," the spokesperson said.
The fire, which resulted from a leak in a part of the manufacturing unit, was contained and extinguished on Tuesday, EQUATE said in a statement.
The EG plant affected is under the EQUATE joint venture. The JV includes Petrochemicals Industries Company (PIC) (42.5%), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) (42.5%), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) (9%) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Companies (QPIC) (6%).
EQUATE operates a second EG plant, under the Greater EQUATE JV, which has a production capacity of 600,000-mtpa. The second EG plant is producing at full capacity, the spokesperson said.
Quintella Koh has reported on the upstream and downstream oil and petrochemicals markets from 2004. Email Quintella at email@example.com.