GPCA '10: Saudi Aramco to introduce new petchems to Mideast

08 December 2010 10:29  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--State oil firm Saudi Aramco could soon introduce a host of new petrochemical products which have not been produced in the Middle East before through two joint venture (JV) projects, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

The company was expected to soon announce its Phase II expansion plans for its PetroRabigh JV as well as another petrochemicals project with US-based Dow Chemical, Khalid Al-Falih said on Wednesday at the GPCA forum.

New products from the two projects would include metallocene-based elastomers, glycol ethers, methyl methacrylate (MMA), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), nylon and EP rubber, Al-Falih said.

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co (PetroRabigh) is a JV between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co.

Its complex in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, includes a 1.3m tonne/year ethane cracker and a 700,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant.

The PetroRabigh complex was part of the company's plans to build refinery-based petrochemical complexes across Saudi Arabia, according to Al-Falih.

The annual GPCA forum runs from 7-9 December.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman



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