GPCA ’11: Sadara selects Technip technology for 1.5m t/y cracker

14 December 2011 14:33  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Sadara Chemical, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and US company Dow Chemical, has selected Technip technology for its 1.5m tonne/year cracker project in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, a Saudi Aramco official said on Wednesday.

The cracker, part of Sadara’s $20bn (€15.4bn) petrochemicals project, is expected to begin operations in early 2015, Fayez Al Sharef, director for chemicals at the state-owned group, told ICIS on the sidelines of the 6th Annual GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association) Forum in Dubai.

South Korea’s Daelim Industrial was awarded a $920.3m contract in July to build the mixed-feed cracker, which will produce 1.5m tonnes/year of ethylene and 400,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

The Sadara complex will comprise 26 manufacturing units and include production of specialty grades of polyethylene (PE), isocyanates, glycol ethers and amines.

Start-up will be phased between early 2015 and into 2016, Al Sharef said. The cracker and PE units are expected to start up in early 2015, and the isocyanates units are expected to be in the final start-up phase in the third quarter of 2016, he added.

The majority of the output from the Sadara complex will be produced for the first time in Saudi Arabia, said Al Sharef. Even the PE grades, based on Dow’s solution technology, will be new for the country, bringing new opportunities for packaging applications, he added.

($1 = €0.77)

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By: Anna Jagger
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