Saudi Arabia's BCI to build new xanthan gum JV unit at Jubail

16 September 2013 04:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Basic Chemical Industries (BCI) has agreed with the US’ CP Kelco to jointly build and operate a xanthan gum facility at Jubail, the Saudi Arabia-based caustic soda producer said over the weekend.

Subject to further engineering feasibility, the plant will have a production capacity of 5,000-10,000 tonnes/year, the company said in a statement on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

“This capacity will be dedicated to oil field application markets both within the Kingdom as well as for export,” it added.

The main client for domestic consumption of xanthan gum is oil major Saudi Aramco, according to the company.

Further details of the project were not disclosed.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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