GPCA ‘11: Saudi Aramco advances study to expand China joint venture

14 December 2011 14:48  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Aramco and its partners in the Fujian Refining & Petrochemical (FREP) joint venture in China are close to finalising a study on whether to expand the complex, Fayez Al Sharef, director for chemicals at Saudi Aramco, said on Wednesday.

FREP, a joint venture between China’s Sinopec, US producer ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco, has the capacity to produce 800,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 800,000 tonnes of polyethylene (PE), plus other products including polypropylene (PP) and aromatics.

Al Sharef said the partners are considering a debottlenecking of the cracker and adding capacity for PE, PP, and possibly also ethylene glycol (EG).

The study is in the advanced stages, he said on the sidelines of the sixth annual GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association) forum in Dubai.

“We’re not far away from making a decision,” he said.

Stephen Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical, revealed earlier this year that FREP was evaluating options to expand capacity.


By: Anna Jagger
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