Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu Cement Co stopped three of its production lines to use their fuel allocations to test-run a new line, the Jeddah-based company said in a statement to the Saudi bourse today.
Testing of the new line, which has a capacity of 10,000tpd, will be completed before the end of this year, the statement said. Yanbu said it took this step, which will curb supplies, after Saudi Aramco failed to provide the cement maker with the required fuel.
However, Saudi Aramco denied it was responsible for any of the stoppages. Yanbu Cement should have secured the required amount of fuel for the expansion and the operation of its fifth production line before starting the operation,” Saudi Aramco, based in Dhahran, said today in a statement.