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Petrochemicals and plastics


GCC petrochemical revenues decline Subscription

30 September 2015

Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association says the sector may see 30 per cent drop in income


Kuwait projects set for record year Subscription

27 September 2015

Research by MEED Insight shows Kuwait bucking regional slowdown and identifies strong project pipeline

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco forms rubber joint venture Subscription

22 September 2015

The $3.1bn joint venture will take over 20 production facilities

Oman banks keen on Liwa Plastics

Oman banks keen on Liwa Plastics Subscription

14 September 2015

Roadshow builds appetite for foreign investors


Liwa plastics project set for fourth-quarter awards Subscription

9 September 2015

Oman downstream group to finance 70 per cent of $5.5bn project through debt

New timeframe set out for Al-Zour integration study

Revised timeframe set out for Al-Zour integration study Subscription

2 September 2015

Petrochemical study results expected before the end of the year

Egypt’s Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex remains on track

Egypt’s Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex remains on track Subscription

2 September 2015

Carbon Holdings says the overall project schedule is not currently being impacted by problems at US Exim Bank


BP to provide technology for Oman polyester plant Subscription

1 September 2015

Sohar project expected to be tendered later in 2015

Tehran in Iran

India to invest $900m in Iran fertiliser project Subscription

31 August 2015

Consortium of Indian companies eye urea complex in Chabahar


Finnish firm wins Abu Dhabi petrochemicals contract Subscription

23 August 2015

Group will provide front-end engineering & design study for Borouge scheme

Kuwait Oil Company awards $465m in rig contracts

Kuwait to tender sulphur handling project Subscription

13 August 2015

Facility will be located at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

Design for Oman Liwa Plastics project complete

Oman receives bids for $3.6bn plastics complex Subscription

12 August 2015

State-owned operator says the response from contractors has been positive

Saudi petrochemicals project shelved

Saudi petrochemicals project shelved Subscription

30 July 2015

Sabic reevaluates plans to build Jubail acrylonitrile plant after receiving bids

Sabic forms joint venture for chemicals production

Sabic profits continue falls Subscription

27 July 2015

Petrochemicals giant investing in US shale gas

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Saudi chemical company signs $3.8bn power deal Subscription

8 July 2015

State utility will provide power for chemicals complex in Jubail

Sabic forms joint venture for chemicals production

Sabic forms joint venture for chemicals production Subscription

6 July 2015

Consortium targets $640m of investment

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant Subscription

1 July 2015

Companies asked to express interest in bidding for estimated $1bn project

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Top 10 projects

Rank Project Name Country Contract value ($m)
1 Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex: Ethylene Cracker Egypt 1,800
1 Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex: Polyethylene Facility Egypt 1,800
3 Petro-Rabigh Phase 2: Expansion of Rabigh Aromatics Complex Saudi Arabia 1,500
4 Borouge 3 Expansion Project: Ruwais Polyolefins Unit UAE 1,250
5 Jubail Methyl Methacrylate & Polymethylmethacrylate Plants Saudi Arabia 1,200
6 Jubail New Petrochemical Complex: Mixed Feed Cracker Saudi Arabia 1,000
7 Borouge 3 Expansion Project: Ruwais Offsites & Utilities UAE 937
8 Waad Al Shamal Mining City: Phosphoric Acid Plant Saudi Arabia 933
9 Aryan Methanol (13th Methanol) Iran 900
9 Jubail New Petrochemical Complex: Polyethylene Package Saudi Arabia 900
Click through to the full data table on the biggest petrochemical projects in execution
Click through to MEED's Q1 2015 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: May 2015

Project trends


Neil Gilmour

23 August 2015

Neil Gilmour is vice-president of development, Shell Integrated Gas

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi

22 February 2015

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi is chief executive officer (CEO), Oryx GTL

Wael Sawan

16 June 2014

Wael Sawan is managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani

16 June 2014

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani is deputy general manager, Qatar Shell

Ziad al-Labban Subscription

9 March 2014

Ziad al-Labban is CEO, Sadara Chemical Company

Alan Yeap

20 February 2014

Alan Yeap is CEO, New Quantum Holdings

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Limited potential: Development of Iran’s vast offshore South Pars gas field has been constrained by sanctions

Iran looks east for project finance Subscription

8 September 2015 | By

Cash-starved project market hungry for foreign investment

Middle East Contract Awards July 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2015 Subscription

30 August 2015

More than $24bn-worth of contracts awarded in July

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Kevin Baxter

Creating a giant ministry Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

South Korean firms now have experience on some of the largest hydrocarbons projects that have ever been built

South Koreans will be back Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

The Asian contractors will return when the region’s oil and gas projects market picks up

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Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013

There are more than $220bn-worth of projects planned or under way in Qatar, as it pushes forwards with major infrastructure developments

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Iraq: Propylene dichloride Subscription

18 September 2015 | By

Supply of propylene dichloride (PDC)

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