Sadara lets contract for Jubail petrochemical complex

Sadara Chemical Co., a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Co., has let a contract to Rolta India Ltd., Mumbai, to implement a comprehensive engineering information system (EIS) within Sadara’s grassroots Jubail integrated chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II, in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province (OGJ Online, Oct. 18, 2012).

This latest multimillion dollar contract expands the scope of work under an earlier multimillion dollar contract awarded to Rolta in July 2013, Rolta said.

Rolta will manage the project with a global team working out of the US, India, and Saudi Arabia, the company said.

Currently under construction, the $20 billion complex will possess flexible cracking capabilities and will produce more than 3 million tonnes/year of high-quality chemical products and performance plastics, Rolta said.

“Successful implementation of the engineering system is vital to the support and efficient operation of the Sadara complex,” said Taher Nemer, Sadara’s project manager for manufacturing and engineering systems at the Jubail complex.

Comprised of 26 manufacturing units, the complex will be one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in one single phase (OGJ Online, July 26, 2011).

The manufacturing units will produce a wide range of performance products such as polyurethanes (isocyanates, polyether polyols), propylene oxide, propylene glycol, elastomers, linear low-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, glycol ethers, and amines.

Sadara is on track to deliver its first products in second-half 2015, with full operation of the complex scheduled in 2016, according to a Jan. 14 release from Finland’s Metso Corp., who will supply valves to control process flows in several areas of the complex, including the mixed feed cracker.

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