Jubail olefins moves ahead

04 January 2002

Jubail United Petrochemical Company (JUPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), is moving forward with its plans to develop a $1,500 million olefins complex. The company has issued a mandate to the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (Apicorp)to arrange commercial debt for the project and is examining technical bids for the ethylene glycol (EG) plant (MEED 30:11:01).

Industry sources say that more than 10 banks, mainly local, have agreed to underwrite the $1,154 million loan facility. The tenor and rate of the loan are understood to be still under discussion. JUPC's financial adviser is Gulf International Bank.

JUPC in November awarded a consortium led by the US' Halliburton KBRthe estimated $350 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the main ethylene plant. The 1 million-tonne-a-year (t/y) cracker is scheduled for completion in July 2004.

The complex will also include a 575,000-t/y EG unit and a 150,000-t/y linear alpha olefins unit. Five companies were invited to submit technical bids for the EG package by 26 December and commercial bids by 24 January. They are understood to be South Korea's Samsung Engineering, France's Technip, Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation, and ABB Lummus Global and Foster Wheeler Corporation, both of the US.

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