Sadara Polyolefins Fully Operational, Rabigh 2 Slated For 2H 2017

The Sadara JV of Saudi state giant Aramco and US petrochemicals producer Dow has started up its fourth and final polyethylene unit at Jubail on the Gulf coast, completing the olefins and polyolefins section of its $20bn, 3.2mn tons/year capacity petchems complex.

The 350,000 t/y low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit is one of a number of plants processing ethylene from Sadara’s 1.9mn t/y cracker. Two 375,000 b/d linear low density polyethylene units were completed in late 2015 and mid-2016, ahead of the start-up of the cracker in August 2016.

Last month Sadara also started up a 220,000 t/y polyolefin elastomers (synthetic rubber) plant. Sadara’s industrial relations vice-president Faisal al- Guruni told a Riyadh plastics forum in March that “we are the first in Saudi Arabia to produce elastomers.” (CONTINUED - 628 WORDS)

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