Saudi Arabia's Sadara Chemical starts production at propylene glycol plant

Saudi Arabian firm Sadara Chemical Company has started production at its propylene glycol (PG) plant in the $20bn chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II. 

The largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, Sadara is a joint venture (JV) between the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and the US's Dow Chemical Company. 

The complex will be the first in the Middle East to use refinery liquids such as naphtha as feedstock, and has the capacity to produce three million tonnes per annum of chemical products.  

The PG plant is one of the 26 manufacturing units in the chemical complex.

Sadara CEO Ziad Al-Labban said: “This marks another significant milestone for Sadara, representing the 22nd of our 26 plants to start up. 

"This plant will provide the building blocks for a range of consumer products."

“Our teams are continuing to push steadily towards full operations.

“This plant will provide the building blocks for a range of consumer products, which ultimately will be manufactured in the kingdom and will, therefore, create new jobs for Saudi citizens.”

The chemical PG is an organic compound that can be used in food and flavouring agents, cosmetic products and fragrances, as well as paints and coatings. 

Its derivatives can also be used in the production of other chemicals such as mono propylene glycol, di propylene glycol and tri-propylene glycol, the company said. 

Last month, the company started commercial production of butyl glycol ether (BG) at a new plant in Jubail.