Sadara Chemical Company commissions last of its 26 units at Saudi petrochemicals complex


Saudi-based Sadara Chemical Company, a $20bn joint venture between Saudi Aramco and US-based Dow Chemical, has commissioned the last of its 26 plants at its petrochemicals complex in Jubail.

The toluene diisocyanate (TDI) unit commenced production last week while the dinitro toluene (DNT) and toluene diamine (TDA) units began operations in April.

TDI is primarily used in the production of flexible polyurethane foam for furniture, mattresses and car seats. It is also used in coatings, adhesives, sealants, speciality foams among others.

Sadara claimed that this complex is the world's largest petrochemical facility to be developed in a single phase.

Last August, its mixed feed cracker, the core part of Sadara’s operations, commenced cracking ethane gas and naphtha liquid feedstock to produce chemicals for the site’s other facilities.

"Sadara's slate of high-value chemicals, including many firsts for the kingdom and the region, will create the quality performance, value-added and plastics products that support a higher living standard around the world."

Sadara’s four polyethylene production units came online between 2015 and early 2017.

Comprising 26 integrated facilities in Jubail, eastern Saudi Arabia, the complex has the capacity to produce more than three million tonnes of products per year.

Several products are being produced in the kingdom for the first time, including isocyanates.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said that Sadara will transform the kingdom from a consumer and importer to a global exporter.

"Sadara's slate of high-value chemicals, including many firsts for the kingdom and the region, will create the quality performance, value-added and plastics products that support a higher living standard around the world, especially in the emerging Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets that will drive two-thirds of global petrochemical demand over the next decade."