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Saudi Aramco and Total to build a giant petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia

The €5 billion project will provide feedstock to other petrochemical and specialty chemical plants located in the Jubail industrial area and beyond.



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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

Saudi Aramco and Total signed a joint development agreement for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a giant petrochemical complex in Jubail, on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast.

Announced on April 2018, the world-class complex will be located next to the SATORP refinery, operated by Saudi Aramco (62.5%) and Total (37.5%), in order to fully exploit operational synergies. It will comprise a mixed-feed cracker (50% ethane and refinery off-gases) – the first in the Gulf region to be integrated with a refinery – with a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year of ethylene and related high-added-value petrochemical units. The project represents an investment of around $5 billion and is scheduled to start operating in 2024.

The project will provide feedstock to other petrochemical and specialty chemical plants located in the Jubail industrial area and beyond, representing an additional $4 billion investment by third party investors benefitting to the Saudi economy.

Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Officer Amin H. Nasser said: “SATORP’s second-phase expansion represents a quantum leap in Saudi Aramco’s downstream strategy to maximize our hydrocarbon resources and help position the Kingdom as a chemicals manufacturing hub, thus supporting economic diversification.”

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total said: “This world-class complex also fits with our strategy to expand in petrochemicals by maximizing the synergies within our major platforms, leveraging low-cost feedstocks and taking advantage of the fast growing Asian polymer market.”

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