SOCC breaks ground on Jubail aluminum alkyls facility

Saudi Organometallic Chemicals (SOCC), a 50-50 joint venture (JV) company owned by Albemarle Netherlands and SABIC affiliate Speciality Chem, has broken ground on a new aluminum alkyls manufacturing facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The facility will manufacture 6,000 metric tons a year of tri-ethyl aluminum (TEA), a Ziegler Natta co-catalyst used in the plastics industry.

The construction phase of the new project is scheduled for completion in the Q4, 2012.