UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Saif Al Khaili enters agreement to build UAE's 1st chlor-alkali production unit

The project, named Emirates Chemical Factory, will have the capacity to produce 400,000 t/y of caustic soda and other chlorine derivatives.

Siemens LLC has been awarded a contract to design the facility.

"As caustic soda is currently 100 % imported, the Emirates Chemical Factory . . . will contribute significantly to the local market and further reduce our import dependability,” said Kizad Chief Executive Khaled Salmeen.

Saif Al Khaili Vice President Louai Kasem added: "We chose Kizad . . . because it offers an excellent logistics infrastructure coupled with highly competitive operating costs. Our proximity to Khalifa Port will also be of great benefit, allowing us to access to new markets outside the UAE.”

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 23 June 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)