CBI Lummus wins Ibn Rushd deal

05 September 2008
The US’ CBI Lummus has won the technology licensing contract for the world’s largest propane dehydogenation (PDH) plant, at the Arabian Industrial Fibres Company (Ibn Rushd) complex at Yanbu.

CBI will supply its proprietary PDH technology to the plant, which will have a capacity of 650,000 tonnes a year (t/y).

It will also carry out basic engineering on the facility.

The unit will be supplied with propane feedstock, which will be converted to propylene using CBI’s technology, by state energy giant Saudi Aramco.

Rotterdam-based LyondellBasell recently won the technology contract for the associated 525,000-t/y polypropylene plant (MEED 6:8:08).

Tenders for the engineering, procurement and construction of both units are expected to be issued to bid next year.

Established in 1993, Ibn Rushd produces products from ethylene glycol and butane. Ibn Rushd is majority owned by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic).

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