09 August 2010 17:50 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Rhodia plans to target output from its proposed ethyl acetate (etac) project in ?xml:namespace>
Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) revealed plans last week to build the project, in partnership with Rhodia, at its site at Al-Jubail. The 100,000 tonne/year plant is expected to start up in 2013 and require a Saudi riyals (SR) 400m ($107m) investment, the Saudi company said.
Rhodia will provide the technology and ethanol feedstock for the project and market most of the output, said Kamel in a telephone interview. Under the current agreement, Sipchem will fully own the project, he added.
The French company will market “a very important part of the output” under a long-term agreement, Kamel remarked. A large part of that will be targeted at
The plant will also have the flexibility to produce butyl acetate, although it is expected to produce just etac for the first few years, he added.
This will be the
“Before those two plants started up, nothing was happening in the acetyls sector outside
The Jubail etac project is interesting for Rhodia because of the availability of low cost feedstock and because it is well positioned between Europe and
Rhodia will source sugarcane-based ethanol feedstock from
The agreement with Sipchem represents the first step to greater cooperation with Sipchem and other partners in the region, he said.
($1 = SR3.75)
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