SABIC affiliate awards contract for world largest CO2 plant to Linde

21 August 2013 15:52  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--United Jubail Petrochemical Company, an affiliate of Saudi Arabia’s SABIC, has awarded a construction contract for the world’s largest carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant to Germany’s Linde Group, the company said on Wednesday

The plant will be designed to compress and purify about 1,500 tonnes/day of raw carbon dioxide coming from ethylene glycol plants. The purified gaseous CO2 will then be supplied through pipes to three SABIC-affiliated companies for enhanced methanol and urea production, the statement said.

The plant will help save an estimated 500,000 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions, it added.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Yousef Al-Zamel, SABIC’s executive vice president for chemicals, said the project is part of the company's growth strategy.

“It will add to SABIC’s business portfolio of industrial gas products. This is the first of many other similar projects to be executed next year,” he said.

The plant will also be capable of producing 200 tonnes/day of liquid CO2 which will be stored and later supplied by truck to food and beverage outlets.

This is the first carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) project undertaken in Saudi Arabia.

By: Aamir Ashraf

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