03 December 2007 00:00 [Source: ICB]
The Middle East offers huge feedstock advantages, while being strategically positioned for export opportunities. Engineering, procurement and construction costs continue to escalate, but for all the talk of lengthy delays and labor shortages , the Middle East is a hive of activity. Countless projects are due to come onstream in the coming years
TKOC - KUWAIT*
The Kuwait Olefins Co. (TKOC), which is a joint venture project between Petrochemical Industries Co. of Kuwait and Dow Chemical, is building a new ethylene and derivatives complex in Shuaiba. The project - known as Olefins II - should be complete towards the end of next year.
JPC - IRAN*
The Jam Petrochemical Co. (JPC) massive cracker project in Assaluyeh, Iran, is due to start up at the beginning of 2008 after a spate of lengthy delays.
JPC, a subsidiary of Iran's National Petrochemical Co., has repeatedly postponed the project's start-up, blaming limited funds and a lack of skilled manpower in the region. The cracker was originally expected to be completed toward the end of 2005.
When complete, the site will produce some 1.32m tonnes/year of ethylene and 305,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
RAS TANURA - SAUDI ARABIA*
The much-publicized project is set to be the world's largest petrochemical complex, involving 30 worldscale petrochemical plants. Located in Ras Tanura, it will be integrated with Aramco's 550,000 bbl/day refinery site and its Ju'aymah gas processing plant.
It is expected to come onstream in 2012 at a total cost of around $20bn (€14.8bn).
PETRO RABIGH - SAUDI ARABIA*
When completed in early 2009, the Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) project in Saudi Arabia will be home to an 18.4m tonne/year refinery and a cracker capable of producing 1.3m and 900,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and propylene respectively.
The complex will also produce 700,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP), 350,000 tonnes/year of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), 300,000 tonnes/year of high density polyethylene (HDPE), and 250,000 tonnes/year of easy processing polyethylene (EPPE).
SHARQ - SAUDI ARABIA
Mid-2008 will see the start-up of the Eastern Petrochemical (Sharq) cracker and derivative plants at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
The facilities include a 1.3m tonne/year cracker, a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit, 400,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit and a 400,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant.
Sharq is a 50/50 joint venture between SABIC and Japanese consortium SPDC.
BOROUGE - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES*
The project, which is slated for commissioning in the first half of 2010, includes 540,000 tonnes/year of polyethylene (PE) and 800,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP) capacity.
It will be the first facility in the region to use ethane to make PP, and will house the world's largest metathesis and dimerisation units.KEY MIDDLE EAST OLEFINS AND POLYOLEFINS PROJECTS
|PP||Oriental Petrochemicals Co.||Egypt||200,000||Post-2007||study|
|Propylene||Egyptian Propylene and||Suez, Egypt||400,000||Q2 2010||engineering|
|PP||Polypropylene Co.||400,000||Q2 2010||engineering|
|Propylene||Esfahan Oil Refining Co.||Iran||190,000||Mid-2009||planned|
|PE||Arya Sasol Polymers Co.||Assaluyeh, Iran||300,000||2010||study|
|Ethylene||Bakhtar Petrochemical Co.||Assaluyeh, Iran||2.4m||Post-2010||study|
|Ethylene||Jam Petrochemical Co. (JPC)||Assaluyeh, Iran||1.32m||Q1 2008||construction|
|PP||JPC/Sadra||Assaluyeh, Iran||300,000||Q2 2008||construction|
|Ethylene||Morvarid Petrochemical Co.||Assaluyeh, Iran||500,000||2009-10||engineering|
|Ethylene||Ilam Petrochemical Co.||Chovar,Iran||500,000||2010||study|
|PP||Petrochemical Industries Co.||Kuwait||160,000||H2 2008||planned|
|Ethylene||The Kuwait Olefins Co.||Shuaiba, Kuwait||850,000||H2 2008||construction|
|Ethylene||ExxonMobil Chemical/Qatar Petroleum||Ras Laffan, Qatar||1.3m||2012||study|
|Ethylene||Ras Laffan Olefins Co.||Ras Laffan, Qatar||1.3m||Q1 2009||construction|
|Ethylene||Shell Chemicals/Qatar Petroleum||Ras Laffan, Qatar||1.25m||2011-12||pending|
|Ethylene||Qatar Petrochemical Co.||Mesaieed, Qatar||720,000||H2 2007||construction|
|PE||Q-Chem II||Mesaieed, Qatar||350,000||Q1 2009||construction|
|Propylene||Advanced Polypropylene Co.||Saudi Arabia||455,000||Q1 2008||construction|
|Ethylene||Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co.||Saudi Arabia||1.35m||2010||construction|
|Ethylene||Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co.||Saudi Arabia||1m||Q4 2008||construction|
|Propylene||Al-Waha Petrochemical Co.||Al-Jubail,||460,000||Q1 2009||engineering|
|PP||Saudi Arabia||450,000||Q1 2009||construction|
|Ethylene||Arabian Petrochemical (Petrokemya)||960,000||Q1 2009||engineering|
|Ethylene||Jubail Chevron Phillips Co.||Al-Jubail,||300,000||Q1 2008||construction|
|Propylene||Saudi Arabia||150,000||Q1 2008||construction|
|Ethylene||Eastern Petrochemical (Sharq)||Al-Jubail,||1.3m||Q3 2008||construction|
|Propylene||Saudi Arabia||200,000||Q3 2008||construction|
|PP||Saudi Polyolefins Co.||Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia||Q1 2009||study|
|PP||Saudi-European Petrochemical||Al-Jubail,||500,000||Q3 2008||construction|
|Propylene||(Ibn Zahr)||Saudi Arabia||150,000||2009||planned|
|Ethylene||Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co.||Rabigh,||1.3m||H1 2009||construction|
|Propylene||(Petro Rabigh)||Saudi Arabia||900,000||H1 2009||construction|
|Ethylene||Ras Tanura Integrated||Ras Tanura,||1.2m||2012||study|
|Propylene||Petrochemical Co.||Saudi Arabia||400,000||2012||study|
|Propylene||National Propylene (Alfasel)||Yanbu, Saudi Arabia||420,000||Q1 2008||planned|
|PP||Teldene||Yanbu, Saudi Arabia||420,000||Q1 2008||construction|
|Ethylene||Yanbu National Petrochemical||Yanbu, Saudi Arabia||1.3m||Q2 2008||construction|
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