Samsung chosen to build SOCC’s Al-Jubail organometallic facility

11 April 2011 11:57  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Basic Industries Corporation's (SABIC's) joint venture (JV), Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC), has selected South Korean firm Samsung Engineering to build its aluminium alkyls plant in Jubail, in Saudi Arabia, the petrochemical major said on Monday.

SOCC is a 50-50 JV of SABIC affiliate, Saudi Specialty Chemical Company and Albemarle Netherlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of plastics-additives producer Albemarle.

Samsung Engineering will provide the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the proposed manufacturing facility, which will initially manufacture 6,000 tonnes/year of tri ethyl aluminium - the key co-catalyst used in polyolefin production, SOCC said.

The mechanical completion date for the plant is expected in the third quarter of 2012, SOCC added.

Albemarle currently supplies tri ethyl aluminium to the Middle East through its facilities in Europe, Asia and North America, SOCC said.

SOCC said its plant will cater to regional customers upon its start-up.

By: Pearl Bantillo
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