Saudi Advanced Polypropylene starts C3 production

25 February 2008 02:38  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabia's Advanced Polypropylene Co (APPC) has started commercial production at its propylene (C3) plant, the company said in a statement on Saturday.


The plant is expected to produce 455,000 tonnes/year of propylene, the statement said.


Company CEO Khalifa bin Abdellatif Molhim said the plant employs a Catofin process from Lummus Novolen Technology, which allows for the conversion of the feedstock into propylene through a series of chemical and physical operations.


The propylene produced has a purity of 99.5%, which will be transferred to the second plant, he said.


The second plant, to produce 450,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP), will start production in a few days, Khalifa said.


APPC 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.


For more on C3 and PP visit ICIS chemical intelligence


By: Abdelghani Henni
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