GPCA '11: Saudi Aramco studies aromatics project in Yanbu

14 December 2011 14:01  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Aramco is considering building an aromatics complex at its 400,000 bbl/day Red Sea refinery in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, Fayez Al Sharef, director for chemicals at the state-owned group, said on Wednesday.

“Aromatics is being considered,” he told ICIS on the sidelines of the Sixth Annual GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association) Forum in Dubai.

It is too early to say when the study would be completed or provide further details, he added.

The proposed project is part of Saudi Aramco’s plans to leverage its existing assets and promote integration, both in terms of physical integration of assets and integration of businesses.

“There is nothing certain in terms of chemicals integration [in Yanbu] but we are evaluating options,” he said. “Aromatics comes at the top of the list.”

By: Anna Jagger
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