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The Sadara joint venture of state petroleum firm Saudi Aramco and US firm Dow Chemical has started up the second of two linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) units at its complex in Jubail on Saudi Arabia’s Gulf coast.
Both the LLDPE plants have capacity to produce 375,000 tons/year. When the 26-unit complex is fully operational – expected later this year – the LLDPE units and others in Sadara’s olefins chain will receive ethylene feedstock from a cracker with capacity to deliver 1.5mn t/y of ethylene and 400,000 t/y of propylene.
“Commissioning is going well and we’re under way with the mixed feed cracker,” Dow president Jim Fitterling told an analysts' call on 28 April. “The key point will be when we can communicate to you that it’s up and running. We’ve got those two polyethylene plants proven.”
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