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BASF, Mitsui, SNF, Shell to build petchems, ammonia, polyacrylamide, catalysts plants in Saudi Arabia

January 16/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority has recently signed five memoranda of understanding (MOUs), with a combined value of 7.5 billion Saudi riyals (USD2 billion), with a number of major petrochemical companies at a ceremony in Riyadh in the presence of Saudi Deputy Minister of Industry Osama al-Zamil, reported Chemweek.
 
Agreements signed include a SAGIA and BASF deal to study the feasibility to build a petrochemicals plant at Jubail Industrial City; a deal with SNF to evaluate the establishment of a polyacrylamide plant; a deal with Mitsui & Co., for a 1-million metric tons/year ammonia plant at Jubail, in addition to building a new petrochemical plant and an agreement with Shell Overseas Services to build a new plant at Jubail Industrial City to produce value-added catalysts. The fifth MOU is with Shell and Advanced Metallurgical Group to build a residue upgrading catalyst manufacturing facility (see separate story).
 
Ibrahim al-Omar, governor of SAGIA, said, "Our country is undergoing a significant economic transformation. The petrochemicals sector provides exciting opportunities for international investors as we look to draw on the expertise and experience of the private sector in transforming the industry."

As MRC informed before, BASF, the world's petrochemical major, restarted its No. 1 steam cracker on September 30, 2019, following a maintenance turnaorund. The plant was shut for maintenance in mid-August, 2019. Located at Ludwigshafen in Germany, the No. 1 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 235,000 mt/year and a propylene production capacity of 125,000 mt/year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,904,410 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments increased from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,161,830 tonnes in January-November 2019, up by 7% year on year. Deliveries of all grades of propylene polymers increased, with the homopolymer PP segment accounting for the largest increase.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries. BASF generated sales of around EUR63 billion in 2018.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, BASF, Mitsui, Shell, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia.
Category:General News
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