Commercial production at Saudi Polymers Company new petrochemical complex at Jubail is expected to begin in the early 2012.

Operations staff are currently testing and commissioning the project units, in preparation for plant start-up followed by commercial production.

Saudi Polymers Company is a joint venture of state-owned National Petrochemical Company and Arabian Chevron Phillips Petrochemical Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, and Saudi Industrial Investment Group.

Construction began in January 2008. The complex is capable of producing almost 1.17 million tonnes a year (t/y) of the basic petrochemical building blocks ethylene and 445,000 t/y of propylene, along with 1.1 million t/y of polyethylene and 400,000 t/y of polypropylene. It will also produce 200,000 t/y of polystyrene and 100,000 t/y of hexane.

Japan’s JGC Corporation was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the ethylene cracker and downstream units at the end of 2007, while South Korea’s Daelim Industrial Company won the polyolefins package (MEED 26:3:11).