Sharq Ethylene Plant Goes on Stream

US-based Shaw Group said an ethylene plant for Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ), with a capacity of 1.3 million tons per year, has begun full operations in Saudi Arabia.

Shaw provided its ethylene technology, engineering, procurement and construction management services and operational support during the commissioning and start-up of the plant, according to

The plant, which uses ethane and propane as feedstock, includes eight of Shaw's proprietary Ultra Selective Conversion (USC(R)) cracking furnaces.

The plant is intended to provide ethylene and propylene for various downstream units at the Al-Jubail industrial complex.

SHARQ is a joint venture equally owned by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and SPDC, a Japanese consortium led by the Government of Japan and the Mitsubishi Group.