Ground broken on Sadara's 7km EO/PO pipelines in Saudi Arabia

Ground broken on Sadara's 7km EO/PO pipelines in Saudi Arabia
Ground has broken on Sadara's EO/PO pipelines in Plaschem Park.
Published: 3 March 2019 - 8:30 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Co has broken ground on an Amec Foster Wheeler-designed ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) pipeline project that will serve the 12km² Plaschem Park, the chemical company’s joint development with the kingdom’s Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.

A joint venture of Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Co, Sadara is the developer-operator behind the eponymous chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City 2, located in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

Construction Week has requested Sadara for details of the project's infrastructure or main contractor, and will publish updates as and when Sadara responds.

Both EO/PO pipelines – each spanning 7km – will feature a manifold to distribute both chemicals to Plaschem Park tenants that will use the feed, alongside other inputs, to manufacture products such as chemicals for the oil and gas, water treatment, and mining industries.

Tenants within Plaschem Park will also use the EO/PO feeds to manufacture construction materials, detergents, coating and paints, and pharmaceutical goods, among other items.

The ground-breaking ceremony comes after Sadara’s May 2018 detailed engineering contract to Amec Foster Wheeler, which was acquired by the UK’s Wood Group in October 2017.

Amec Foster Wheeler and Partners Engineering Co – Al Khobar has delivered design, engineering, material specifications, and procurement services for the Sadara project.

In a statement, Sadara said the EO/PO Pipeline project’s design phase is now complete, and work is progressing as scheduled.

Commenting on the ground-breaking milestone, Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer, Sadara Chemical Company’s chief executive officer, said: “The EO/PO pipeline transportation system will be the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

PlasChem Park investors will be able to receive Sadara’s EO and PO products directly to their facilities, enabling on-demand production of end products for the Saudi market, as well as further abroad. [The project will serve] as a significant driver of downstream manufacturing in the kingdom.”

Al-Faqeer added that the EO/PO transportation network will be commissioned “in time for the first wave” of investments into both chemicals at Sadara, adding that the project’s completion will “provide a strong incentive for similar investors” to set up base at Plaschem Park.

Comprising 26 manufacturing units, Sadara is the world’s largest chemical complex “to be built in a single phase”, according to its developer.

Due to its facilities for diversified downstream production processes, Plaschem Park is described by Sadara Chemical Co as “a key element differentiating” the complex from other petrochem and plastics manufacturing plants in Saudi Arabia.

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