18 November 2009 17:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) is considering a number of initiatives with different chemical companies, a spokesman with the Abu Dhabi-based company said on Wednesday.
IPIC was reacting to earlier press reports that the group was in discussions with Bayer MaterialScience over the formation of a joint venture to establish a petrochemical plant in Abu Dhabi.
An IPIC spokesman said: “At present there are no firm plans to do anything with Bayer MaterialScience, or any other chemical company. A number of initiatives are under consideration internally, but nothing has been decided.”
A Bloomberg report quoted IPIC’s managing director, Khadem al-Qubaisi, as saying that IPIC was discussing a venture with Bayer MaterialScience, NOVA Chemicals, Borealis and two South Korean companies, to create a petrochemical plant in Abu Dhabi.
State-run IPIC owns 100% of Canada-based commodity chemical group NOVA Chemicals and 64% of Austria-based polyolefins group Borealis.
Abu Dhabi is planning the Chemaweyaat chemical city in the new Mina Khalifa Industrial Zone, which is located in ?xml:namespace>
On his blog, Paul Hodges, chairman of consultancy International eChem, said acquisitions and joint ventures by IPIC would be driven by the need for technology.
The Chemaweyaat development “will be based on liquid feeds, rather than ethane”, wrote Hodges.
“[Chemaweyaat] will therefore allow
On 17 November, IPIC’s Al-Qubaisi told ICIS news that he expected to sign a deal to acquire a major European-based petrochemical company by the first quarter of 2010.
Al-Qubaisi said he was in talks with
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