The new two-storey facility will house administrative and laboratory units, and staff facilities such as a clinic, cafeteria, library and several prayer rooms. Research at the centre will focus on materials engineering and corrosion control, petrochemicals equipment testing, industrial hygiene and metals technology.

Sabic staff are scheduled to move into the new centre at the end of 2003. At a later date, the complex will be expanded to include a catalyst pilot plant for specialised research. The consultant on the project is the local Dar al-Riyadh Consultants.