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Saudi Yansab says cracker back in operations

Yanbu has restarted its gas-fed cracker following an unplanned shutdown.

Saudi Yansab says cracker back in operations
SAUDI YANBU: Yansab is a 51 percent-owned unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), the worlds largest petrochemicals firm.(Reuters)

Saudi-based Yanbu National Petrochemical Co (Yansab) on Sunday said it has restarted its gas-fed cracker following an unplanned shutdown.

Yansab is a 51 percent-owned unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), the world's largest petrochemicals firm.

The cracker went back to normal operations on Saturday, Yansab said in a statement on the Saudi bourse website citing its chairman, Mutlaq Al Morished. It did not specify at what production rates the cracker is operating.

The unit went offline on Sept. 10 due to a technical glitch. As a result, production dropped at some units that use ethylene and propylene as a feedstock, Yansab had said in a previous bourse filing.

Yansab, which started full commercial production in March has total annual production capacity of 4 million tonnes of petrochemical products. (Reuters)

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