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Petrochemicals and plastics

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

Calcium chloride

InoChem awards Jacobs management deal Subscription

15 June 2015

US engineering consultancy will carry out project management consultancy on two plants in Yanbu

Tacaamol has received technical proposals from companies bidding for the offsites and utilities package of its planned petrochemicals complex in Ruwais

Saudi Kayan starts detergent alcohols production Subscription

7 June 2015

New facility at Jubail complex has capacity of 50,000 tonnes a year

The Tahrir petrochemicals complex has a total budget of $7bn

Egypt's Carbon Holdings takes first step to IPO Subscription

26 May 2015

Petrochemicals firm securing financing from Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Capital

The Tahrir petrochemicals complex has a total budget of $7bn

Carbon Holdings plans IPO Subscription

25 May 2015

Company will be floated on Cairo stock exchange within 36 months

Sabic joint venture yet to sign petrochemicals plant deal

Sabic expected to award Jubail contract in July Subscription

25 May 2015

Three contractors looking to be award plant at Jubail in Eastern Province

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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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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

Mark Watts

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription

4 May 2015 | By

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Farabi should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

Farabi takes the lead Subscription

28 April 2015 | By

Local petrochemicals company should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

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

Southern Iraq holds potential Subscription

27 April 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

Middle East contracts March 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2015 Subscription

15 April 2015

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

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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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Meet the analysts

Kevin Baxter
Energy and Industries Editor
Countries covered: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0246

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

Phone: +971 (0)4 818 0248

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