Dow, Saudi Aramco project on schedule, on budget for 2015 startup

Author: Ron Coifman


HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical’s world-scale Sadara project with Saudi Aramco in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is proceeding on schedule and on budget, with full production expected by late 2016, the US-based producer said on Thursday.

With infrastructure including solids and liquids port facilities already in place, and with close proximity to readily available feedstocks, Sadara, a partnership between Dow and Saudi Aramco, will be starting up in mid-2015, Dow said in a webcast.

Sadara will have an 18-month start-up window, with ethylene and polyethylene (PE) coming up first, ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) next, and finally polyols and isocyanates.

Sadara will have a competitive position with access to low-cost feedstocks, including natural gas and naphtha, along with world-class technology and Dow’s global marketing and customer service experience, the US company said.

Upon project completion, Sadara will produce 210,000 tonnes/year of amines; 200,000 tonnes/year of glycol ethers; 70,000 tonnes/year of propylene glycol; 390,000 tonnes/year of polyether polyols; 400,000 tonnes/year of methyl di-p-phenilene isocyanate (MDI); 200,000 tonnes/year of toluene di-isocyanate (TDI); 750,000 tonnes/year of solution polyethylene; 350,000 tonnes/year of low-density polyethylene (LDPE); and 220,000 tonnes/year of elastomers, according to Dow.

Sadara expects the following approximate regional market split for its products: Asia Pacific 60%, Middle East and Africa 15%, Europe 15% and others 10%.