Saudi Aramco is developing two giant petrochemical complexes in its pursuit of downstream integration. Petro Rabigh plans further process units even as a massive expansion is under way, while some Sadara units are nearing start-up.

The Petro Rabigh downstream joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo has begun tendering for engineering, procurement and construction contracts to build three new process units at its refining and petrochemicals complex at Rabigh on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast. The company says the new units will be a 220,000 tons/year capacity polyether polyols plant, a 17,000 b/d capacity naphtha processing unit and a 106,000 t/y sulfur recovery unit. Petro Rabigh says it is looking to begin work under the EPC contracts during the second half of 2016. (CONTINUED - 829 WORDS)