New Gulf Petchems Start-Ups In Shadow Of Aramco Mega-Projects

Gulf region petrochemical producers are ramping up capacity at three new polymers plants, but their impact will be overshadowed by two Saudi Aramco JV megaprojects, due to start up this year and next, that will transform the Middle East plastics and chemicals industries.

The UAE’s Borouge is bringing units onstream at the Borouge 3 polymers complex at Ruwais, while Saudi companies Sipchem and Petrochemical Conversion Company (PCC) have respectively started up an ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) film plant and a nylon-66 plant at Jubail.

Sipchem is also testing the main units of a 63,000 tons/year polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) plant at Jubail, which is part of a major Saudi capacity surge that will add more sophisticated chemicals to the region’s established commodity plastics industry.


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