The Kemya joint venture of Saudi petchems giant Sabic and international oil major ExxonMobil has announced mechanical completion and the start of commissioning of a 400,000 tons/year elastomers plant at Jubail on Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Coast.

The plant was built at a total cost of $3.4bn, under an engineering, procurement and construction contract awarded by Kemya in June 2012 to Korea’s Daelim Industries, France’s Technip and Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas. Sabic says the contractors have finished building the plant and have now begun commissioning its carbon black and utilities units. Commissioning of other units is expected to continue through Q2 2016. A thermoplastic polyolefins compounding facility is also now complete. (CONTINUED - 277 WORDS)