India’s Sterling to start up ethoxylates/MDEA unit in Saudi Arabia

07 November 2012 09:53  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indian speciality chemicals major Sterling Auxiliaries plans to start up a facility to produce ethoxylates and methyl di-ethanolamine (MDEA) in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, in 2015, the Sterling chairman said on Wednesday.

The surfactants market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is set to grow at double-digit rates in the next few years, said Vishal Goenka, chairman of Sterling Auxiliaries.

Ethoxylates are surfactants used in laundry detergents and surface cleaners, while MDEA is used an intermediate in diverse applications such as detergents, textile lubricants and personal care products.

The capacity of the Saudi Arabian plant has not yet been finalised, Goenka said. Feedstocks ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) would be procured from the Sadara facility, he said.

Sadara Chemical, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, plans to set up in 2015 a chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City which will include a world-scale cracker and several downstream units that will produce more than 3m tonnes/year of high value-added chemical products and ­performance plastics.

The complex will use multiple feedstocks, including heavy liquids, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and ethane.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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