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Petrochemicals and plastics

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant

Firms prequalify for Salalah ammonia plant Subscription

19 March 2015

Takamul expected to tender chemicals project in second quarter


Petrochemicals will consolidate

17 March 2015

Second half of the decade will be a quiet period for the sector

Egypt petrochemicals

Progress on $2.1bn Asyut Hydrocracker

15 March 2015

Pharos Investment Banking says it is in talks with banks, investors, and contractors

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans

Jubail sets example for Saudi industrial plans Subscription

11 March 2015

City presents a blueprint for other projects to follow

Chemicals plant

Oman prepares to tender ammonia plant Subscription

1 March 2015

Design study completed on proposed facility in Salalah

Khalid al-Falih, CEO of Saudi Aramco

Aramco CEO confirms Jizan chemicals hub Subscription

26 February 2015

Khalid al-Falih says new refinery will provide feedstock for downstream development

Petrochemicals plant

Chemanol scrap plans for new plant at Jubail Subscription

23 February 2015

Local petrochemicals producer will not press ahead with sulfonated naphthalene formaldehyde plant

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription

15 February 2015

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe


Companies prequalified for Liwa Plastics Subscription

4 February 2015

Tenders for $3.6bn petrochemicals project expected to be floated in coming weeks

Petrochemicals industry

Why regional petrochemicals producers fear cheap oil Subscription

3 February 2015

Low-cost naphtha could create a projects boom in the world’s manufacturing hubs

Petrochemicals industry

Qafco awards maintenance deal Subscription

3 February 2015

Joint venture comprises Qatar Petroleum and GE Oil & Gas


Saudi Kayan plans shut down Subscription

2 February 2015

Jubail-based petrochemicals producer will carry out scheduled maintenance in February and October

Petrochemicals industry

Iraq to invest in $11bn petrochemicals complex Subscription

1 February 2015

Shell-backed cracker project could be completed in five to six years

Bid deadline delayed on Tacaamol package

Bid deadline delayed on Tacaamol package Subscription

22 January 2015

Client sets technical bid date for offsites and utilities package but no timeline for commercial proposals

Al-Waha Petrochemical completes refinancing

Al-Waha Petrochemical completes refinancing Subscription

21 January 2015

Refinancing done via $523m Islamic facility

Morocco’s $488m phosphate pipeline comes online

Morocco’s $488m phosphate pipeline comes online Subscription

20 January 2015

Pipeline set to help Morocco supply 40 per cent of the world’s phosphates


Morocco on track to hit 2020 phosphate target Subscription

20 January 2015

Energy and Mining Minister says Morocco will provide 40 per cent of the world’s phosphates

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions Subscription

20 January 2015

Cancelling the Al-Karaana petrochemicals project is a big decision, but sends an ominous warning to contractors

QP and Shell cancel $6bn Al-Karaana petrochemicals complex

QP and Shell cancel $6bn Al-Karaana

14 January 2015

Joint venture partners decide against building world-scale petrochemicals plant at Ras Laffan


Tahrir construction to start in third quarter Subscription

12 January 2015

Financing negotiations are ongoing for Egypt’s biggest petrochemical plant

Kuwait to decide on Olefins 3 in December

Kuwait to decide on Olefins 3 in December Subscription

23 December 2014

Plan to integrate petrochemicals plant with Al-Zour refinery waits for green light

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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 Petro-Rabigh: Phase 2: Expansion of Rabigh Aromatics Complex (RP2) Saudi Arabia 1,500
5 Borouge 3 Expansion Project: Ruwais Polyolefins Unit UAE 1,250
6 Jizan Refinery IGCC Power Plant : Water Intake Facility Saudi Arabia  550
7 Mecca Strategic Reservoirs 1 Saudi Arabia 500
8 Fujairah Water Distribution Network (Lot-A) UAE 450
9 Al Zour North IWPP: Phase 1: Water Desalination Plant Water 437
10 Yanbu - Al-Madinah Water Transmission System: Phase 3 Saudi Arabia 426
Click through to the full data table on the biggest petrochemical projects in execution
Click through to MEED's Q3 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: November 2014

Project trends

Gulf projects index

Gulf index slides on low oil prices Subscription

9 February 2015

Iraq and UAE only countries to record strong growth in projects markets

Gulf projects index

Market eases for Eid break Subscription

9 October 2014

Oman is only projects market to record significant movement

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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

Daniel Starta

20 February 2014

Daniel Starta is managing director and partner, AT Kearney Limited

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MEED 100 largest listed companies: Petrochemicals Subscription

24 March 2015

The slump in oil prices makes itself felt as petrochemicals firms see values fall in the MEED 100

The only really significant investments in the petrochemicals sector will be made in countries that need to create jobs

Sector faces long wait for growth Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

The petrochemicals industry is struggling to launch new projects within their original timelines as low oil prices make the region’s feedstock cost advantage redundant

Petrochemicals EPC contract awards by country

Kuwait ripe for expansion Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Progress on refinery megaprojects means the country can go ahead with plans to integrate petrochemicals facilities


Petrochemicals: Oil price slump hits chemicals sector

17 March 2015

Despite the slump in oil prices leading to lower petrochemicals prices, the cyclical nature of the industry will help keep it afloat


Petrochemicals will consolidate

17 March 2015 | By

Second half of the decade will be a quiet period for the sector

Platts global petrochemical index

Cheaper feedstock shakes up market Subscription

16 March 2015 | By James Gavin

International competition is becoming more aggressive as the slump in oil prices brings down the cost of liquid feedstocks for the petrochemicals sector

There is still potential for schemes to get under way in the south of Iraq

Southern Iraq holds potential Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

The signing of an agreement with Shell to develop a $11bn petrochemicals complex in Basra illustrates the region’s potential, as the most secure area in Iraq

The prevalent mode of chemicals production in the region is shifting towards the use of a combination of liquid and gas feedstock

Sabic addresses need for change Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

As Mohamed al-Mady takes up his new role, the next CEO of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation will have to oversee oil-to-chemicals developments and potentially partner with Aramco

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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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Countries covered: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria

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Countries covered: UAE, Oman, Iran

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Kuwait: Chemicals Subscription

21 March 2015 | By

Supply of chemicals for power and water desalination plants

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