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Saudis face growth limits over natural gas supplies

May 14/2012

(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 cluster.

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 2020.
Author:Anna Larionova
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