Saudi Advanced PP says project is 70% complete

02 July 2007 13:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabian firm Advanced Polypropylene Co's (APPC) polypropylene and propylene dehydrogenation plants at Al-Jubail are 70% complete, a source close to the project said on Monday.


The complex will produce 450,000 tonnes/year each of PP and propylene.


The company is set to keep to its start-up deadline of February 2008.


South Korea's Samsung Engineering is overseeing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the project.


The $780m (€574m) project has received a boost from an initial public offering (IPO) on the Saudi Arabian stock exchange in December 2006, which was two-and-a-half times over subscribed.


Following the IPO, the company is 53% owned by Saudi Arabian and foreign investors, with foreign investment accounting for close to 15%.


The remaining 47% is owned by the state-run Saudi Industrial Development Fund, which has provided a long-term loan of $397m to APPC.


($1 = €0.74)


By: Prema Viswanathan
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