Saudi European Petrochemical Company, IBN ZAHR, an affiliate of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Daelim Industrial Company Ltd., South Korea, for the engineering, procurement and construction management services of utilities and off-site facilities for its Polypropylene 3 Plant (under construction) in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The new facilities are planned to be completed in conjunction with the main Polypropylene 3 Plant, by 2nd quarter 2008.
Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC Vice Chairman & CEO said, "The new plant will add 500,000 metric tons annual capacity of Polypropylene. This is a thermal plastic product, which forms the basis for a broad segment of downstream industries. The production of this material is expected to contribute towards the development of the production of the national downstream industries, and strengthening SABIC's competitive capabilities in the global markets. SABIC is the world's sixth largest producer of Polypropylene".
IBN ZAHR was SABIC's first joint venture with European companies. SABIC owns 80% and the remaining percentage is equally owned by Ecofuel of Italy and the Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (APICORP). According to the company, IBN ZAHR is one of the world's largest producers of MTBE with an annual capacity of 1.6 million metric tons and 640,000 mtpa of polypropylene.