Petro Rabigh to complete Saudi Arabia phenol project in 2014

07 July 2011 16:46  [Source: ICIS news]

Petro RabighLONDON (ICIS)--Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) is expected to complete its 275,000 tonne/year phenol project in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, in 2014, an official with US-based engineering company KBR said on Thursday.

John Derbyshire, president of KBR’s technology division, said the company is providing the basic engineering and technology for the project, and is working with Japanese engineering and construction firm JGC Corp on the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package.

The phenol project forms part of Petro Rabigh’s plans to widen the product slate and debottleneck the ethane cracker at its refinery and petrochemicals complex.

Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical, is expected to expand its 1.3m tonne/year Stone and Webster-technology cracker by 300,000 tonnes/year.

Derbyshire said KBR is bidding for some of the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) packages within the Petro Rabigh expansion project, known as Petro Rabigh II.

This would not include the cracker expansion, he noted, since the cracker is based on another company’s technology.

By: Anna Jagger
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