Korean firms line up for Jubail work

11 April 2008
Technical and commercial bids are due to be submitted by 25 April for a major contract to build the grassroots ethylene dichloride (EDC) complex planned by the local Arabian Chlor Vinyl Company at Jubail.

Four South Korean contractors are understood to be preparing offers for the lump-sum engin-eering, procurement and construction contract, which is worth $400m. They are Daelim Engineering Company, GS Engineering & Construction, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and Samsung Engin-eering Company.

The complex will have two main process units: a caustic chlorine plant and an EDC facility.

The former will be fed with 370,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of salt feedstock, procured locally, to produce 250,000 t/y of caustic soda, which Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) will use for the etching process at its planned aluminium smelter at Ras al-Zour.

The chlorine will be used as feedstock for the 300,000-t/y ethylene dichloride facility. Ethylene feedstock will be supplied from the Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene Company cracker.

The ethylene dichloride prod-uced will be sold for export. Additional ethylene amine produced will be sold locally. Mechanical completion is set for the second quarter of 2010 (MEED 6:7:07).

Arabian Chlor Vinyl Company is a 50:50 joint venture of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) and the local Sahara Petrochemical Company (MEED 5:10:07).

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