SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi acrylic acid/derivatives complex begins commercial operations in Jubail

The complex includes an 80,000-t/y superabsorbent polymers (SAP) plant of Saudi Acrylic Polymers Co. (Sapco); an acrylic monomer production facility built by Saudi Acrylic Monomer Co. (Samco), which includes 145,000 t/y of raw acrylic acid, 145,000 t/y of acrylic butyl and 85,000 t/y of pure acrylic acid, and a 250,000-t/y acrylic acid unit owned by Saudi Acrylic Acid Co. (SAAC).

Samco is a joint venture of Tasnee & Sahara Olefins Co. and Dow Chemical Co., while Sapco is owned 75 % by SAAC and 25 % by Evonik Industries.

Sahara Petrochemical noted that it owns 43.16 % of SAAC.

Separately, Sahara said the equally-owned Sahara and Maaden Petrochemical Co. (Samapco) has also started commercial operations at the 250,000-t/y caustic soda and 300,000-t/y ethylene dichloride facility in Jubail.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 7 July 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)