Saudi Butanol receives ministry approval for new butanol plant

24 June 2013 03:45  [Source: ICIS news]

by Nurluqman SuratmanSaudi Butanol receives ministry approval for new butanol plant

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi Butanol Co (Sabuco) has received approval from Saudi Arabia’s ministry of commerce and industry to build a new butanol plant at Tasnee’s petrochemical complex in Jubail Industrial City, parent firm SABIC said over the weekend.

The plant, scheduled to go on stream in 2015, has 330,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA) and 11,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol (IBA) capacity, SABIC said in a statement.

“With an estimated investment of $517m (€393m), Sabuco will build the first ever butanol plant in the Middle East and its products will support the continued growth of the paints and coatings industry in Saudi Arabia,” the firm said.

The butanol project is a joint venture of Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co, a manufacturing affiliate of SABIC; Sadara Chemical Co and Saudi Acrylic Acid Co (SAAC).

SAAC is owned by Tasnee & Sahara Olefins Co (TSOC), an affiliate of Tasnee Co and Sahara Petrochemicals Co. 

“The partners are now in the process of executing agreements to further consolidate the partnership and business collaboration,” SABIC said.

“The agreements cover several key elements, including financing, tolling, operations & maintenance, engineering & procurement, construction, project management consulting, and technology licensing,” it added.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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