SEPC plans Al-Jubail cracker, HDPE production

14 October 2008 08:43  [Source: ICIS news]

By Prema Viswanathan


SEPC gearing up to produce PESINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene Co (SEPC) expects to begin commercial production at its new 1m tonne/year cracker and 400,000 tonne/year high density polyethyene (HDPE) plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in early November, a source close to the project said on Tuesday.


A 400,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) plant at the same complex would also start-up in early December, the source added.


Besides the local Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market, the company planned to export the PE output from the new facility to the rest of the Middle East, Africa and south Asia, the source said.


The complex would have spare ethylene capacity of 200,000 tonnes/year for export even after both PE plants went on stream, a second source had said last month. 


The cracker would also produce 284,800 tonnes/year of propylene, which would be sold under a long-term sales agreement to Saudi Polyolefins Co (SPC) to feed its new 250,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant in Al-Jubail, the company said. 


SPC’s new PP plant is expected to start-up in January 2009 alongside its existing 450,000 tonne/year PP plant at Al- Jubail.


SEPC is a joint venture of Sahara Olefins Co with 24.4% equity, National Industrialisation Co (Tasnee) with 50.6% and LyondellBasell holding the remaining 25%. SPC is a joint venture of Tasnee and LyondellBasell.


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