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New projects

Saudi Aramco to retender Ras Tanura in late 2014 or early 2015 Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Front-end engineering and design being reconfigured to fit new scope of work for the Ras Tanura refinery clean fuels and aromatics project

Oman invites financial adviser bids on Sohar petrochemicals complex Subscription

1 April 2014 | By

Interested companies given 6 May deadline to submit proposals on $3.6bn Sohar petrochemicals project

Lukoil studies Iraq petrochemicals plant Subscription

1 April 2014 | By

Lukoil feasibility study under way in Iraq for methane and methanol production from associated gas

Sabic and Shell award polyurethane plant design to KBR Subscription

19 March 2014 | By

New complex planned for Jubail could have budget of up to $3bn

QP downstream scheme to drive enterprise Subscription

18 March 2014 | By

Two new petrochemical projects to offer product slates to conversion industries at Ras Laffan

Petrixo Oil & Gas plans Fujairah bio-fuel refinery Subscription

5 March 2014 | By

1 million tonne a year biofuel facility to cost $800m

Project bids

Maaden is expected to make a decision by the end of September on the last two remaining technical packages for its $7bn phosphates city at Waad al-Shamal

Maaden to award remaining Waad al-Shamal packages Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high

Petrochemical plant

Oman invites prequalification on Liwa Plastics Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Sohar petrochemicals complex split into four construction packages

Ras Laffan petrochemicals complex in Qatar

Prequalification starts at $7.4bn Qatar chemicals scheme Subscription

18 August 2014 | By

Al-Sejeel petrochemicals complex invites interest for last two packages at Ras Laffan

Oman seeks interest in Liwa Plastics construction tender Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Companies ask to express interest in $3.6bn petrochemicals project in Sohar

Sabic joint venture yet to sign petrochemicals plant deal Subscription

30 June 2014 | By

Nothing has been finalised on project to build two petrochemicals facilities in Saudi Arabia, say sources

Frontrunners emerge for $500m Sabic project Subscription

4 June 2014 | By

Decision expected to be made between Spanish and Taiwanese contractors

Project awards


KBR wins Algerian fertiliser contract Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

Fertial awards US engineering firm design contract to overhaul ammonia plants


Jordan signs fertiliser deal with Chinese group Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

State mining group plans to build $350m phosphates plant in Aqaba

Petrochemical plant

Oman awards five technology licences on Liwa Plastics Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Petrochemicals deals worth $80m handed to Randall, Axens, CB&I, LyondellBasell and Univation

Linde wins design deal on Salalah ammonia plant Subscription

23 June 2014 | By

Construction deal of Omani chemicals project expected to be tendered at the end of 2014

Drake & Scull wins $599m contract on Egypt chemicals complex Subscription

15 May 2014 | By

Dubai group joins consortium building utilities and offsite utilities at cracker project



Tahrir complex will go ahead with or without EXIM Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

Carbon Holdings says its $5bn project in Egypt will continue if US EXIM Bank is unwound

Egypt’s Tahrir Petrochemical project seeks ECA finance Subscription

14 May 2014 | By

UAE’s Drake & Scull latest firm to win contract on project


Maaden is expected to make a decision by the end of September on the last two remaining technical packages for its $7bn phosphates city at Waad al-Shamal

Maaden to award remaining Waad al-Shamal packages Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high

Global lab demand

Farabi moves $1bn plant from Jizan to Yanbu Subscription

7 September 2014 | By

New petrochemicals plant has secured land allocation and is now in discussions for feedstock

Start-up of Saudi urea plant pushed back Subscription

25 June 2014 | By

Safco-5 fertiliser plant to start up in the first quarter of 2015 amid construction delays

Petrochemical trends

MEED comment

Yanbu petrochemicals

The expansion challenge for Farabi

11 September 2014 | By

Building a petrochemicals plant is always difficult, but Farabi faces doing so without state ownership

Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending

21 August 2014 | By

Doha is keen to both strengthen its gas operations as well as diversify its hydrocarbons sector


Morocco’s chance to lead the pack

7 August 2014

With the right management from Rabat, Morocco can become a global phosphates superpower


Chemicals plan hits fuel hurdle Subscription

3 April 2014 | By

A planned oil-to-chemicals project in Yanbu has huge potential, but could be derailed by the amount of subsidised fuel it needs for power


Jizan success to attract investors Subscription

27 March 2014 | By

While the gasification scheme is expensive, it could end up paying for itself very quickly


Firms line up for Al-Karaana complex Subscription

20 February 2014

Petrochemicals scheme will be followed by a near-identical project. Focus will switch to the football World Cup after projects are finished

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Special reports


Petrochemicals: Evolution of the region’s plastics industry Subscription

19 February 2014

Despite increasing product diversity, the Middle East petrochemicals sector must seek new markets in light of increased competition


Petrochemicals: Riyadh leads project spending Subscription

24 October 2013

The GCC’s petrochemicals industry has undergone massive expansion over the past half-decade


Engineering, Procurement & Construction 2013: Tapping the region's community

9 October 2013

Welcome to Engineering, Procurement & Construction in the Middle East, sponsored by Arabtec and Samsung Engineering

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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

Abu Dhabi petrochemicals plant

Future developments in Middle East petrochemicals Subscription

26 March 2012

MEED’s exclusive subscriber-only online seminar on the petrochemicals sector in MENA outside of the GCC

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Top 10 projects

Rank Project Name Country Contract value ($m)
1 Damietta Fertiliser Plant Expansion Egypt 1,800
2 Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex: Offsites & Utilities Egypt 1,700
3 Jubail New Petrochemical Complex: Utilities & Offsites Saudi Arabia 1,650
4 Expansion of Rabigh Aromatics Complex: RP2 Saudi Arabia 1,500
5 Borouge 3 Expansion Project: Ruwais Polyolefins Unit UAE 1,250
6 Jubail Methyl Methacrylate & Polymethylmethacrylate Plants Saudi Arabia 1,200
7 Jubail New Petrochemical Complex: Mixed Feed Cracker Saudi Arabia 1,000
8 Borouge 3 Expansion Project: Ruwais Offsites & Utilities UAE 937
9 Waad Al Shamal Mining City: Phosphoric Acid Plant Saudi Arabia 933
10 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 Q2 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: September 2014

Project trends

Gulf Projects Index

Iran market expansion shores up index Subscription

7 August 2014

With a market growth of 3.8 per cent, Iran offers the main support for the Gulf Projects Index

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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

Daniel Starta

20 February 2014

Daniel Starta is managing director and partner, AT Kearney Limited

Graham Hoar

20 February 2014

Graham Hoar is vice president, Middle East, Nexant

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Countries covered: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria

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Mark Watts
Energy and Industries Reporter
Countries covered: UAE, Oman, Iran

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0248


Oman: Petrochemicals complex Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Construction of a petrochemicals complex

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Research Reports

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Qatar Projects Market Report 2014

3 April 2014

A comprehensive overview of the region’s fastest growing projects market

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