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Al Waha successfully completed its performance test before commercial production on April 1

March 30/2011

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- Sahara Petrochemicals Company has said in a statement that its subsidiary Al Waha Petrochemicals Company, successfully completed its performance test on Wednesday March 23, paving the way for commercial production to begin next month.

After the successful completion of the performance test of the PDH unit, which is regarded as the last unit to undergo this test, we expect the commercial operations of Al Waha Petrochemicals Company to start on April 1, 2011, the statement read.

Esam Himdy, Sahara's managing director, appreciated the teamwork spirit of all personnel who participated in the test programme. He also referred to the support received by Saudi Aramco, RCJU, Marafiq, SEC, HCIS, PIF and all participant banks.

The world-scale petrochemical complex in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia has a capacity of 467 KTa of propylene utilising Oleflex technology, which serves as a feedstock for the 450 KTa  Polypropylene Unit. The plant is considered to be largest, producing high-quality polypropylene using LBI's technology, sphereizone.

Al Waha Petrochemicals Company is owned by Sahara Petrochemicals Company, which holds 75% of its share capital with LyondelBasell owning 25%.

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