Sipchem announces EPC for new plant

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 27
-- Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) announced earlier this month that affiliate International Polymers Co. has awarded the engineering design, procurement, and construction work for an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) plant to G.S. Engineering & Construction Corp., South Korea.

The 200,000-tonne/year plant will produce EVA and low-density polyethylene at the industrial complex in Jubail Industrial City. The plant is to start operation in second-quarter 2013 and cost an estimated 3 billion Saudi riyals ($800 million).

The Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals said the announcement has allocated the main ethane feedstock for the project to be cracked and treated to ethylene by one SABIC company and vinyl acetate monomer, as secondary feedstock, to be supplied by International Vinyl Co., a Sipchem affiliate.

International Polymers was founded in 2009 with Sipchem owning 75% and Hanwha Chemicals–Korea owning 25%.

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