Sipchem Al-Jubail acetyl project nears completion

07 July 2008 03:58  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--Construction of Saudi International Petrochemical Co’s acetyls complex in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, has reached 94% completion, Sipchem CEO Ahmad A al-Ohali said on Sunday.

 

The commissioning of the project is expected to start by the end of this year, while production from acetic plant and vinyl acetate monomer will start in the second quarter of 2009.

 

The plant was originally planned to come on-stream in the first quarter of 2009 but experienced manpower shortage during the course of construction, said Al-Ohali about the slight delay of the project.

 

The Al-Jubail plant will produce about 340,000 tonnes/year of carbon monoxide making it the largest such plant in the world, and about 460,000 tonnes/year of acetic acid/acetic anhydride and 330,000 tonnes/year of VAM.

 

Technology for the complex was secured from US producers Eastman Chemicals for acetic acid and DuPont for VAM.

 

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By: Abdelghani Henni
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