Japan’s JGC wins contract for Petro Rabigh expansion study

23 June 2009 10:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Japanese engineering and construction company JGC Corp has been awarded the feasibility study contract for the expansion of the Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (Petro Rabigh) complex in Saudi Arabia, JGC said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The project will include expansion of the existing ethane cracker and the construction of a new aromatics complex using naphtha, as well as various higher value units and specialty petrochemical products,” JGC said.

JGC did not state when it was expecting to complete the feasibility study.

Located at Rabigh, on Saudi Arabia's western coast, the Petro Rabigh complex houses a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) line, a 600,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) facility and a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant.

The joint venture between state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical also operates a 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker.

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