Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil announced they will construct a world-scale specialty elastomers facility at the Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (Kemya) manufacturing joint venture.
The facility will be integrated with the existing Jubail complex and is expected to be completed in 2015. The companies have approved the next stage of project development -- engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
The facility will have the capacity to produce up to 400,000 tonnes per year of rubber -- including halobutyl, styrene butadiene, polybutadiene, and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubbers -- thermoplastic specialty polymers, and carbon black to serve local markets, the Middle East and Asia. Kemya has awarded the EPC contract for the elastomers facility to Technip, Tecnicas Reunidas and Daelim.