Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical, a joint venture between state oil company Saudi Aramco and the US’ Dow Chemical, has begun operation of its propylene glycol plant in Jubail Industrial City.

According to international media reports, production from the plant has now started and Sadara is working to achieve full operation of the mega petrochemicals complex, which will house 26 facilities when fully operational.

Sadara started operation of the mixed feed steam cracker at the complex in 2016, which has the capacity to crack 85 million scfd of ethane. When fully commissioned, the sadara facility will have the capacity to produce 3 million tonnes of performance plastics and high-value chemicals per year.

In May, MEED reported that Saudi Aramco was planning to reduce its stake in the Sadara joint venture through an initial public offering of the company.