Saudi Aramco and Total sign MoU with Daelim to build polyisobutylene plant

Saudi Aramco and Total sign MoU with Daelim to build polyisobutylene plant
Published: 3 February 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

Under the MoU, Daelim is planning to build a new 80,000 tonnes state-of-the-art polyisobutylene (PIB) plant, which is expected to come on-stream in 2024. This agreement is another step to drive Saudi Aramco’s petrochemicals growth strategy. This follows Saudi Aramco’s announcement in October 2018 to launch an engineering study to build a large petrochemical complex in Jubail.

The launch of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of the PIB plant will start in February 2019 and will be concluded in Q4-2019. The new petrochemicals facility will be using feedstock from the Amiral complex in Jubail, located on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast. It is the first time that PIB will be developed in the kingdom.

The facility’s location in Saudi Arabia will give Daelim access to competitive feedstock and energy, with large infrastructure, to better serve customers in the Middle East and markets across Europe and Asia.

This specialty chemical project will be part of the large-scale petrochemical complex of Amiral, located in the value park. It will be using Daelim’s PIB proprietary technology to produce a wide range of products in a single plant, from conventional PIB (CPIB) to highly reactive PIB (HR-PIB).

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