(downstreamtoday) -- A shortage
of natural gas could affect future industrial growth in Saudi Arabia, according
to the head of Jubail Industrial City, the world's largest petrochemical
Jubail, with a current annual production capacity of 68 million tonnes, has
already embarked on an expansion that will add a further 21 million tonnes, but
any further expansion will bump up against limitations in available feedstock.
"When we have finished Jubail 2, we might start with Jubail 3," said Mosleh
Hamed Al Otaibi, the chief executive of the government body that oversees and
develops the industrial zone. "But we haven't started with a feasibility study,
because of the shortage of gas. We are really a little bit hesitant to go ahead
with Jubail 3."
If it were to go ahead, construction on Jubail 3 is scheduled to begin by