Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Commissions Final Plant at Massive PetChem Complex
Sadara Chemical Company, the joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Company, has commissioned the last of the 26 plants at its Jubail complex in Saudi Arabia. The isocyanates section is producing crude quantities of toluene di isocyanate (TDI) and other specialty chemicals.
The TDI section consists of three integrated units producing di nitro toluene (DNT), toluene di amine (TDA), and toluene di isocyanate (TDI). The DNT and TDA units started operations in April. Sadara is producing another polyurethane precursor – polyether polyols. The company’s polyols plant came on-stream in late July.
Established in 2011, Sadara operates the largest chemical complex ever built in the world in a single phase, with more than 3 million metric tons of capacity per year, and a total investment of about $20 billion. Sadara’s mixed feed cracker started up in August 2016, cracking ethane gas and naphtha liquid feedstock to produce chemicals for the site’s other facilities. Sadara’s four polyethylene production units came online between late 2015 and early 2017.