SEPC to start cracker test production in Q2 2008

12 November 2007 03:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co (SEPC) plans to start test production on its cracker in Al-Jubail in the second quarter of 2008, a company official said on Sunday.

Work on the project was going as scheduled and had reached its final stages, said Saleh bin Fahed el-Nuzha, director of the petrochemical complex, which is a joint venture of Tasnee Petrochemical, Germany's Basell and Sahara Olefins Co.

Engineering works have finished, and more than 92% of ethylene plant and 81% of the polyethylene project had been completed, he added.

Engineering works have finished and the start of the trial production will be in the second quarter 2008, El-Nuzha said.

The project will produce 1m tonnes/year of ethylene, 400,000 tonnes/year of PE and 280,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

El-Nuzha also said that the expansion works to expand Saudi Polyolefin Co’s polypropylene (PP) facility by 720,000 tonnes/year have reached 30%.

Saudi Polyolefin Co is another joint venture by Tasnee, Sahara Petrochemicals and Basell.

By: Abdelghani Henni
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