04 May 2000 09:27 [Source: ICIS news]
YANBU, Saudi Arabia (CNI)--Yanpet will in 2001 debottleneck its new 800 000 tonne/year cracker at Yanbu, western Saudi Arabia, to meet "strongly rising, long term" demand for ethylene (C2), especially from Southeast Asia, CNI was told Thursday.
Yanpet is a joint venture of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) and ExxonMobil Corp, and it already operates an 800 000 tonne/year cracker there. It is currently commissioning the new C2 facility.
Yanpet president Ali Al-Khuraimi said that the new cracker will be debottlenecked by some 20%, adding that the expansion cost has been factored into the company's capital budget for next year.
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