Saudi Arabia's Sipchem to start Jubail etac/butac plant on 15 April

13 February 2013 10:04  [Source: ICIS news]

Petrochemical plantSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) is expected to commence production at its upcoming ethyl acetate (etac) facility in Jubail on 15 April, market sources said on Wednesday.

The etac /butyl acetate (butac) swing plant with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year is located in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

The etac and butac produced from the plant will be used as solvents in manufacture of inks, industrial solvents and as granules in surface coatings, market sources said.

The acetic acid feedstock for the plant will be obtained from Sipchem's affiliate, the International Acetyl Company, while ethanol will be imported from international markets, according to a press release on the company’s website.

The ethyl acetate (etac) market in the Middle East is expected to see a dynamic shift with the start-up of Sipchem’s facility.

Product from the unit is expected to satisfy the etac demand of the region of about 26,000 tonnes/year, besides meeting international requirements to an extent.

The Middle East region’s etac requirements are presently met through imports from China and India.


By: Veena Pathare
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