Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) has awarded the engineering, design and construction (EDC) contract for its ethyl acetate (EA) plant to South Korea’s eTEC Engineering & Construction Company.

The plant will have a capacity of 100,00 tonnes-a-year (t/y) and produce both EA and butyl acetate (BA), said Sipchem in a statement. The facility will be constructed at the Sipchem complex at Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia.

The technology for the plant will be provided by France’s Rhodia and production is set to start in the second quarter of 2013. The exact value of the contract was not disclosed.

The products produced from the facility will be used in the inks industry, for industrial solvents and as granules used in surface coatings.