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Equate executes petrochemical plant turnaround and debottlenecking in Kuwait

05th January 2015

Equate Petrochemical Company, Kuwait’s first international petrochemical joint-venture, has announced the successful turnaround and the first phase completion of the polyethylene plant debottlenecking project

Equate Petrochemical Company, Kuwait’s first international petrochemical joint-venture, has announced the successful turnaround and the first phase completion of the polyethylene plant debottlenecking project
During the turnaround, Equate executed the first phase of its polyethylene debottlenecking project

All units were shut down from the 20th of November to the 20th of December, 2014, and the units resumed their normal operations on the 23rd of December.

The turnaround is a major activity that takes place once every eight years for a 30-day shutdown. All matters are thoroughly planned for technical experts to conduct comprehensive maintenance of a number of industrial units, which include ethylene, polyethylene, ethylene glycol and utilities, while ensuring absolute abidance by international best practices.

As a global achievement, this turnaround project is a distinguished milestone for Equate and its employees, as it also has a significant strategic role in determining the direction of Equate’s future critical projects.

In addition, during the turnaround, Equate executed the first phase of its polyethylene debottlenecking project. Equate’s current capacity of polyethylene is 825,000 metric tons annually (MTA), and will reach almost 1 million MTA once the debottlenecking project is completed during 2016.

“This excellent achievement by the individual executing the TA [turnaround] deserves utmost appreciation and gratitude,” said Mohammad Husain, Equate president and CEO.

“On behalf of Equate, it gives me great pleasure to extend utmost gratefulness for their efforts, dedication and patience to realize such a distinguished milestone in the company’s history. All the turnaround’s phases and steps were completed in cooperation with Kuwait’s Environment Public Authority (EPA) and other bodies by considering all regulations and standards.”

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