Saudi Arabia's Sipchem starts up Jubail etac/butac plant

13 May 2013 04:06  [Source: ICIS news]

By Muhamad FadhilA Sipchem facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) announced over the weekend of 11-12 May that it has started up its ethyl acetate (etac)/butyl acetate (butac) plant in Jubail.

According to the announcement on the Saudi stock exchange, the new 100,000 tonne/year etac/butac plant started operations on 10 May, and commercial operations of the plant is expected during August this year.

“[Etac and butac] products are in line with Sipchem strategies to implement downstream projects that are integrated with Sipchem current products to satisfy local needs and in addition to meet international demand,” said Engineer Abdullah S. Al-Saadoon, president, operations of Sipchem.

The statement said Sipchem will get its feedstocks from multiple sources.

Feedstock acetic acid will be provided by International Acetyl Co (IAC), a Sipchem affiliate, and the other raw material ethanol will be imported from global markets, according to the statement.

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

Additional reporting by Veena Pathare

By: Muhamad Fadhil
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