Sadara JV begins commercialisation of plastics franchise


Chemical company Dow’s Middle East joint venture (JV) Sadara Chemical has initiated commercialisation of its plastics franchise with the start-up of fourth polyethylene production unit. 

Sadara is a JV company created by Dow and Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco.

The commencement of Sadara’s new high-pressure low-density polyethylene plant will add to its mixed feed cracker and the three additional polyethylene trains that are in operation at present.

Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said: “Sadara is a vital growth investment aligned to Dow’s long-term strategy to go narrower and deeper into our core growth markets. 

"The completion of this milestone positions Dow to strengthen our global materials science franchise by capturing additional consumer demand and extending our competitive advantage through industry-leading integration and feedstock flexibility." 

The company is planning to make a balanced progress on its start-up located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, through commercialisation activities. Sadara’s mixed feed cracker started operations in August last year.

The first three polyethylene production units came online in December 2015, April and September last year.

"Our customers have been eagerly anticipating this new volume and will benefit from Sadara’s broad product offering and close proximity to these fast-growing regions."

In December last year, construction of all of Sadara’s 26 production facilities was completed.

Dow president and chief operating officer Jim Fitterling said: “Sadara’s plastics units enable Dow to offer a technology-differentiated portfolio in expanding economies across Asia Pacific, India, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

“Our customers have been eagerly anticipating this new volume and will benefit from Sadara’s broad product offering and close proximity to these fast-growing regions.”

The company’s remaining units at the complex are on schedule for a sequenced start-up that will take place throughout this year, which includes ethylene oxide, propylene oxide and their and isocyanates.


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