Saudi Arabia has brought online its second industrial carbon capture facility, with the successful startup of a new plant at the Petro Rabigh refining and petrochemical complex. Located on the Red Sea to the south of Yanbu, Petro Rabigh (Aramco 37.5%, Sumitomo Chemical 37.5%, Tadawul free float 25%) operates a 400,000 b/d refinery with 4.97mn t/y of integrated petrochemicals.

In a 20 December statement to the Tadawul, Petro Rabigh announced the inauguration of a plant capturing 300 t/d of CO₂ (109,500 t/y) directly from its 600,000 t/y monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant, which it says represents an 85% reduction in the units annual CO₂ emissions footprint. Captured CO₂ will be “purified to a high-purity for other productive uses including water desalination, food and beverage carbonation, agriculture and in ready mix concrete.” (CONTINUED - 209 WORDS)