By Asma Alsharif
Plant shutdown part of regular test and inspection, which takes place every 5 years.
Saudi based Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (PetroRabigh) plans to shut all units at its complex for 45 days during the second quarter of 2011, a company manager said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Reuters, the manager, who asked not to be named, said: "This is a regular test and inspection. Every five years we have to shut down the plant for test and inspection. We are planning it sometime in April 2011. We rescheduled it for second quarter 2011 for the whole complex."
PetroRabigh's spokesmen Eyad Ajaj and Hesham Al Awfi could not immediately be reached for comment.
The firm, which caters mainly to the Saudi market and Europe and North Africa, can process 400,000 barrels of crude per day, accounting for about 19 percent of Saudi Arabia's total refining capacity.
It can produce an annual 18 million tonnes of refined products and 2.4 million tonnes of petrochemical products.
The firm is a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical which inaugurated the giant plant in November, 2009 and commissioned all the production units in December.
State controlled Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical each have 37.5 percent stakes in the joint venture with the rest publicly held. (Reuters)For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.