Production units at Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals (Sidpec) are running at full capacity despite a fire that broke out in one of the refrigerating compressors at the company’s ethylene-producing factory, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The factory executed its emergency plan to control the fire and has recently completed its annual maintenance for the site.

The head of Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM), Mohamed Safaan, reported to the Minster of Petroleum and Mineral Resources that the company will review operations to ensure full compliance with health, safety, and environment (HSE) standards.

Safaan noted that trial production of ethylene and polyethylene began in early August 2017.

The new Polyethylene and ethylene factories will provide a regular supply of polyethylene and will meet ECHEM’s ethylene requirements for the production of polyvinyl chloride.

The fire broke out on July 10 during the implementation of the annual maintenance procedures in the ethylene production unit 501 at Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals (Sidpec).