16 September 2011 02:40 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Saudi Polymers is within weeks of starting up its petrochemicals project at Al-Jubail, the chief executive of one of its joint venture partners said on Thursday.
Chevron Phillips CEO Peter Cella said the start-up is “literally right upon us”.
“We are in the final weeks of start up of our major Saudi Polymers company project, which is a world scale 1.2m tonne cracker with associated derivatives, primarily polyethylene [PE] mostly but also polypropylene [PP] and we will be starting that facility up early in the fourth quarter,” Cella continued.
The Al-Jubail site will be capable of producing 1.1m tonnes/year of polyethylene (PE), 400,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP), 200,000 tonnes/year of polystyrene (PS) and 100,000 tonnes/year of 1-hexene, Cella said.
Project construction began in 2008.
Saudi Polymers is a joint venture company with Saudi Arabia investors Arabian Chevron Phillips Petrochemical and National Petrochemical holding a 35% and 65% share, respectively.
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