Saudi SAMAPCO starts trial runs at caustic soda and EDC plant

05 August 2013 03:56  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s Sahara & Ma’aden Petrochemicals Co (SAMAPCO) has begun trial runs at its new caustic soda and ethylene dichloride (EDC) plant in Jubail Industrial City, the company said on Sunday.

The trial production is expected to continue for four to six months, including the necessary performance testing, a company statement on the Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange said.

The plant is designed to produce 250,000 tonnes per year of concentrated caustic soda and 300,000 tonnes of ethylene dichloride (EDC). 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.

By: Aamir Ashraf

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