GPCA ’12: SAPCO to start up superabsorbent polymers plant in Sept ’13

27 November 2012 13:50  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Acrylic Polymers Co (SAPCO) expects to start up an 80,000 tonne/year superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in September 2013, a source close to the project said on Tuesday.

This would be the first SAP plant in the Middle East.

“About 40,000-50,000 tonnes/year of the output will be consumed within Saudi Arabia, while the remaining product will be exported,” the source told ICIS on the sidelines of the seventh annual GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association) conference that runs on 27-29 November.

Demand growth for SAP, which is used in diapers and other applications, is expected to grow at 7-10% annually in the coming years within Saudi Arabia, compared with the current consumption levels, the source said.

SAPCO is a joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s National Industrialization Co (TASNEE) and Sahara Petrochemicals and Germany’s Evonik Industries.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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