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Start-up delayed for Kuwait styrene unit

By OGJ editors
-- Start-up of Kuwait Styrene Co.’s ethyl benzene styrene monomer unit in Kuwait has been delayed 4-8 weeks by a technical problem with an intermediate storage tank used in the production of styrene monomer.

Officials said they do not know how long the start-up may be delayed, pending a technical assessment of the tank. The unit expected to begin commercial operations within a few days. It was due to start up in the second quarter, according to previous company statements.

KSC, a major producer of olefins in Kuwait, is in contact with customers and has developed plans to help mitigate any production shortfall due to the delay, officials said.

The unit is within Equate Petrochemical Co.’s complex in the Shuaiba Industrial Area. The KSC plant is designed to produce 450,000 tonnes/year of ethyl benzene and 500,000 tonnes/year of styrene monomer. Those facilities will be operated by Equate, a firm largely owned by Petrochemical Industries Co. and Dow Chemical Co. KSC is a joint venture of Dow Chemical and government-owned Kuwait Aromatics Co.

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