The five members of the ethylene club are ABB Lummus Global, Shaw International, formerly known as Stone & Webster, and Kellogg Brown & Root, all US-based, Germany’s Lindeand Paris-based Technip.

The Yanbu cracker will have capacity of 1.3 million tonnes a year (t/y). UK-based Foster Wheeler Energyhas the project management consultancy (PMC) contract on the scheme, which is a scaled-up version of Sabic’s United Petrochemical Company (United)complex in Jubail.

The full invitation to bid (ITB) document has now been released on the Sahara ethane/propane cracker, which will produce more than 1 million t/y of ethylene and about 200,000 t/y of propylene. The contract is scheduled to be awarded in February 2005. US-based Fluor Danielis the PMC contractor on the project.

Sahara is pursuing its olefins complex in partnership with the local Tasnee Petrochemicals, a subsidiary of the local National Industrialisation Company (NIC), Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem)and an as yet-to-be appointed international partner. The olefins complex is due to be completed in 2007 (MEED 2:07:04).

Industry sources say another new cracker, with associated downstream units, is being considered at Jubail-based Arabian Petrochemical Company (Petrokemya). The new plant, Petrokemya 4, is expected to include a mixed feedstock cracker with capacity of at least 1 million t/y, for which an ITB is likely to be released in early 2005. A PMC contractor has still to be appointed.