Joint venture starts up Saudi Arabian tri-ethyl aluminium plant

08 July 2013 21:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A joint venture between subsidiaries of Albemarle and SABIC has begun start-up of its aluminium alkyls plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, US-based Albemarle announced on Monday.

Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC), a joint venture between Albermarle Netherlands and Saudi Specialty Chemical Company, will operate the tri-ethyl aluminium (TEA) plant, Albemarle said in a news release.

Capacity of the facility is 6,000 tonnes/year, with full commercial production expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, Albemarle said. Raw materials for the plant are being supplied by member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the US company said.

TEA and ultra-low hydride TEA (ULH-TEA) are used as co-catalysts in the plastics industry.

"This state-of-the-art facility clearly demonstrates SOCC's commitment to providing a dependable supply of these essential products to the Middle East," said Al Saurage, executive general manager of SOCC.

"The SOCC start-up is yet another milestone in SABIC's growth strategy in a highly competitive plastics market," said Mohamed Al-Mady, vice chairman and CEO of Saudi Arabia-based SABIC. "We once again demonstrate our commitment to stimulate national economic growth and build long-term relationships with our global customers."

By: Jeremy Pafford
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