Advanced Petrochemicals plans new Turkish plant

03 May 2012

Saudi Arabian company is fast-tracking world-scale polypropylene facility

Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Petrochemicals Company is planning to build a polypropylene plant in southern Turkey with an as yet unnamed Turkish partner.

The chemicals company is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding in early May for the facility, which on completion of the construction phase will have a capacity of 450,000 tonnes-a-year.

“This is a strategic project for us and we plan to fast-track the design and construction phase so it is operational by the fourth quarter of 2015,” Engineer Abdullah Mogbil Al-Garawi, president and chief executive officer tells MEED. “The new plant is similar to other Saudi Arabian operations, so we are planning to transfer a lot of the skills and knowledge from the kingdom to the new facility.”

The front-end engineering and production for the Turkish plant will be tendered in the early third quarter of 2012 with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts being tendered in the January of next year with a view to breaking ground in mid-2013.

Al-Garawi declined to name the potential partner or the proposed budget of the new plant, citing confidentiality issues.

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