Saudi Arabia's SAMAPCO to start up caustic soda plant in Q1 2013

05 December 2012 17:16  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Sahara & Ma’aden Petrochemicals Co (SAMAPCO) will start up its 250,000 tonne/year caustic soda and 300,000 tonne/year ethylene dichloride (EDC) plant in the first quarter of 2013, a company source said on Wednesday.

The plant will be located in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, to allow ethylene to be delivered by pipeline, the source added.

Plans to build the plant were first announced in March 2011. The project will be completed by the end of 2012 and start up is expected during the first quarter of next year.

The plant will use technology from Germany-based engineering firm Uhde.

SAMAPCO is a 50:50 joint venture between Sahara Petrochemicals and Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden).

Caustic soda is an essential feedstock needed for the refining of bauxite to alumina. It is produced from the electrolysis of brine, along with chlorine which is later used in the manufacture of EDC.

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