GPCA ’11: Mideast’s first polyether polyol unit on track for 2013

13 December 2011 15:28  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Advanced Industries Company and National Industrialization Company (Tasnee) will start up the Middle East’s first polyether polyol facility by the end of 2013, a company official said on Tuesday.

The 120,000 tonne/year polyether polyol unit is located in Saudi Arabia at PetroRabigh, which will supply 100,000 tonnes/year of propylene oxide (PO) to the new facility, the source said on the sidelines of the 6th GPCA (Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association) forum held at Dubai.

Tasnee aims to market this new material in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

“There is no production [in the Middle East]. With the expanding polyurethane market, there is huge demand here,” he said.

He added that the southeast Asian market may be another area to venture into.

Polyether polyol is one of the two main feedstocks for the production of polyurethane, which has applications in furniture, automotive and construction materials.

PetroRabigh is a joint venture between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical.

By: Ong Sheau Ling
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