GPCA ’12: Saudi Arabia’s TSOC to start up butyl-A plant in June 2013

28 November 2012 04:15  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Tasnee Sahara Olefins Co (TSOC) expects to bring its 160,000 tonne/year butyl acrylate (butyl-A) plant in Al Jubail on stream in June next year, a source close to the project said on Wednesday.

“Around 36,000 tonnes/year of product from the plant will be consumed in Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 124,000 tonnes/year will be exported,” the source said on the sidelines of the 7th Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) annual forum.

Butyl-A is used in the emulsions for the construction industry as well as in superabsorbent polymers, which are used in diapers.

Both applications are currently in high demand in Saudi Arabia, the source said.

National Industrialisation Co (TASNEE) had embarked on the joint-venture project to comply with the Saudi Arabian government’s directive to petrochemical companies. The directive was that the firms have to diversify their propylene derivative portfolio beyond products such as polypropylene (PP), which is abundantly available in the kingdom.

The propylene feedstock for the butyl-A facility will be supplied by Saudi Polyolefins Co’s 450,000 tonne/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and the 280,000 tonnes/year of propylene produced by Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Co’s (SEPC) ethane cracker.

The PDH unit and ethane cracker are joint ventures between TASNEE and Dutch chemical company LyondellBasell.

The GPCA forum is held in Dubai and runs from 27-29 November.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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