Letter signed for Yansab petrochemical units

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 24 -- Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) affiliate Yanbu National Petrochemical Co. (Yansab) has signed a letter of intent with Shaw Stone & Webster Inc. for the detailed engineering, procurement, and construction of a butene and aromatics plant at the large Yansab petrochemicals complex under development in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. This is the second draft deal with Shaw Stone & Webster for units at Yansab (OGJ Online, Feb. 15, 2006).

The plants would have capacities of 135,000 tonnes/year (tpy) of butene and 250,000 tpy of benzene, toluene, and xylene mixtures.

Sabic said this deal completes the contractual process for all Yansab plants, which are expected to go on stream by 2008, with total capacity exceeding 4 million tpy. This includes 1.3 million tpy of ethylene; 400,000 tpy of propylene; 900,000 tpy of polyethylene, 770,000 tpy of ethylene glycol; and 500,000 tpy and 400,000 tpy of polypropylene alongside butane, benzene, xylene, and toluene mixtures.

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