Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia

03 October 2012

Not only is Jubail the largest industrial city in the kingdom, it is the biggest industrial centre of its type in the world

Located in the oil-rich Eastern Province on the Gulf coast, Jubail is primarily aimed at energy-intensive industries that are centred on the hydrocarbons sector, as well as utility services such as power and desalinated water.

The city is run by the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu (RCJ&Y), with utilities provided by the Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail & Yanbu (Marafiq). Full port facilities are provided and the RCJ&Y offers other inducements to invest such as tax holidays, customs exemptions and good land and utility rates.

Plastics converter companies are especially encouraged to invest at Jubail Industrial City

Jubail is home to the majority of Saudi Arabia’s heavy industry, with petrochemicals and fertiliser plants, oil refineries and steel facilities having a large presence in the city. Major companies already established in the city include Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) and Saudi Aramco.

Sabic operates several large petrochemicals complexes including the Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company, Petrokemya Arabian Petrochemical Company and Jubail United Petrochemical Company. Aramco is building the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (Satorp) refinery with France’s Total, as well as the $20bn Sadara Chemical Company petrochemicals complex with the US’ Dow Chemical.

The success of Jubail has led to the development of Jubail 2, which will double the area of the city dedicated to industrial use to 110 square kilometres.

Opportunities in Jubail range from large-scale petrochemicals plants in joint venture with Sabic or Aramco to medium-sized conversion industries, small support operations and commercial facilities.

Foreign investors are currently being courted to invest in industrial conversion industries that can take feedstock from the larger plants and turn it into saleable products for both domestic use and export. Plastics converters are especially encouraged to invest at Jubail.

To encourage plastics companies, an area of Jubail 2 is being reserved especially for smaller converters, and a plastics cluster is being developed adjacent to the Sadara complex.

Jubail is full developed and has 70,000 residents. It has a developed network of housing, healthcare, shopping facilities and schools.

Key contact

Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu
: www.rcjy.gov.sa
Tel: (+966) 1 479 4445

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