Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Chemical Industrial Company (Jana) has awarded a contract to the US’ Jacobs Engineering that will see the company provide technical and project management services to the company.

The scope of works includes Jana’s existing epichlorohydrin plant expansion as well as a new epichlorohydrin plant in Jubail. The plants produce epoxy resins, which are used as industrial coatings.

“The expansion projects are part of our plans for 2011 and are expected to provide high-quality epoxy resins and intermediates to the markets we serve and add value to the kingdom’s economy,” says Abdulmohsin al-Ogaili, chief executive officer of Nama Chemicals Company, Jana’s parent company.

In a statement, Jana said the expansion would increase the capacity of its facilities to 240,000 tonnes a year (t/y) from its current output of 60,000 t/y.

No time line was given for how long either the expansion or new build was going to take and the value of the deal was not disclosed. Jana and Jacobs were available for comment when contacted by MEED.