GPCA ’12: NATPET to start up geotextiles plant phase 1 in March '13

28 November 2012 16:08  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s National Petrochemical Industrial (NATPET) plans to start up the first phase of its geotextiles plant at Yanbu in March 2013, a senior company executive said late on Tuesday.

“The first phase, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes/year, will go on stream in March, while the timeline for the second phase will be decided depending on demand,” said Matouq Jannah, NATPET’s managing director for operations and  maintenance, on the sidelines of the 7th Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).

The completion of the second phase will see a doubling of the plant’s capacity to 30,000 tonnes/year, he said.

Geotextiles are speciality products made from polypropylene (PP) and are used as liners in the construction industry, especially to reinforce roads.

NATPET has a 50:50 joint venture with British performance materials company Low & Bonar for the project.

The geotextiles plant will be located near NATPET’s 400,000 tonne/year PP facility at Yanbu.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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