Saudi Arabia’s Sipchem to start up LDPE/EVA JV plant in Q4 2013

08 April 2013 13:16  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) plans to start up its 200,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE)/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) joint venture plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, in the fourth quarter of 2013, a senior company official said on Monday.

"The reason we decided to go in for EVA is because it would be value addition to our existing portfolio," said Trevor Hutley, general manager, R&D, with Sipchem.

Introducing a co-monomer such as vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) into the production process allows for more crystallinity and elastomerism, making the end product more tough and flexible, he added.

Hutley was speaking at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Plastics conference in Dubai.

While the LDPE production process will use a tubular technology, the EVA process will consume up to 22% of the VAM, said Hutley.

The plant is a joint venture between Sipchem and South Korea's Hanwha Chemical.

Sipchem's product portfolio includes methanol, acetic acid, VAM, EVA, LDPE, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate and butanediol (BDO).

The two day-conference, also known as GPCA PlastCon 2013, will end on Tuesday.

Additional reporting by Muhamad Fadhil.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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