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SABIC to shut Geleen crackers for maintenance

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) has said one of two crackers at its Netherlands plant are to be shut down for maintenance later this month, Reuters has reported. The Olefins 4 cracker at Sabic's Geleen will close for six weeks from September 15 for routine maintenance work and as part of a €135m ($178m) upgrade to increase energy efficiency, a company spokeswoman said. "We do have a big turnaround. It's the usual turnaround we do every six years but this year we also have a big upgrade," spokeswoman Danielle Willems said. The upgrade will reduce the cracker's energy consumption by 8% and increase production by 2%, the company said when it announced the investment.