Corrected: SABIC’s Al Jubail fatty alcohols to come online late 2013

14 September 2012 20:13  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined “SABIC’S Al Jubail plant to start up in Q1 2013” dated Friday 14 September 2012, please read the headline as "SABIC’s Al Jubail fatty alcohols to come online late 2013". In the story text, there were numerous errors throughout. An updated and corrected story follows.

BUDAPEST (ICIS)--SABIC’s new fatty alcohol plant at Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, will come online towards the end of 2013 to supply feedstock for its ethoxylation plant, the company’s regional business manager said on Friday.

Speaking at the 1st ICIS European Surfactants Conference in Budapest, Hungary, Claudio Brandao said the feedstock “would supply the company’s own requirements as well as the increased requirements in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.”

Brandao attributed the increased demands to higher living standards, together with a surge in population growth in the MENA area.

“This increased purchasing power will leverage the region’s consumption to levels seen in mature markets,” he added.

SABIC’s ethoxylation plant currently has a nameplate capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year. It started operating at the beginning of April 2012 with a basic portfolio, which has since been increasing stepwise towards specialties.

The plant’s capacity will be expanded by 2013 and new projects in different locations are under evaluation.

By: Neha Popat
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