16 April 2013 10:21 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Arabian base oils and lubricants maker Riyadh Oil Factory plans to start up a facility to produce linear alkyl benzene (LAB) and normal-paraffin (n-paraffin) in 2017, a source close to the project said on Tuesday.
The LAB and n-paraffin units will have capacities of 120,000 tonnes/year and 90,000 tonnes/year respectively and will use UOP technology, the source said.
“Although the company’s current manufacturing centre is at Al-Kharj industrial area near Riyadh, the LAB and n-paraffin units will be located at Al-Jubail, as it will facilitate exports, being close to the port,” the source said.
Feedstocks benzene and jet kerosene will be sourced locally, he added.
“While some of the LAB will be sold locally, much of it will be exported globally,” the source said.
Saudi Arabia currently has one LAB producer, Gulf Farabi Petrochemical Co, which has a capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year, located at Al-Jubail.
A year after the new LAB unit starts up, Riyadh Oil Factory plans to go downstream and start up a 40,000 tonne/year LAB sulphonate (LAS) plant at the same facility, the source said.
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