Saudi Arabia's SAMAPCO starts up new caustic soda unit in Al-Jubail

01 May 2013 16:43  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Sahara & Ma’aden Petrochemicals Co (SAMAPCO) started up its 250,000 tonne/year caustic soda unit in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia on 16 April, a statement on the Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange said on Tuesday.

Plans to build the plant were first announced in March 2011.

The plant uses 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.

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