Saudi’s PetroRabigh to finalise expansion plans in April/May

03 March 2011 04:31  [Source: ICIS news]

PetroRabighSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical's (PetroRabigh) final feasibility study for its Phase II expansion project is expected to be completed by April or May this year, sources close to the project said on Thursday.

The full product line-up and capacities for the expansion project would be announced upon the study’s completion, they said.

A finalised plan was initially scheduled for the end of 2010, the sources added.

PetroRabigh is a joint venture (JV) between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical.

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 facility also includes a 600,000 tonne/year linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year high-density PE (HDPE) unit and a 700,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant.

Saudi Aramco’s president and chief executive Khalid Al-Falih in December last year said the company would soon be introducing a host of new products as part of its expansion plans in the Middle East.

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

PetroRabigh officials were not immediately available for comment.

Additional reporting by Nurluqman Suratman

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