Successful start up of LAO facility
Sabic and Germany-based Linde Group have started up a 150,000 tonnes/year linear alpha olefin (LAO) facility in the Middle East that uses the Sablin technology developed jointly by Sabic and Linde.
LAOs have a large variety of applications, such as light-cut production of Butene-1, Hexene-1 and Octene-1 used in the growing PE market. Medium cuts such as Decene-1, Dodecene-1 and Tetradecene-1 are used for synthetic oils, detergents and shampoos. Heavy cuts are used in lube oil additives, surfactants, oil field chemicals and wax product applications.
The Sablin manufacturing process uses ethylene as a feedstock for a one-stage homogeneous reaction that produces a full range of high-purity LAOs.