Plants: Samsung Engineering awarded US$653 mn contract for Saudi PDH plant; WR Grace licenses PP tech in China

Samsung Engineering awarded US$653 mn contract for Saudi PDH plant

South Korea's Samsung Engineering has been awarded a US$653 million contract to build a propane dehydration plant in Saudi Arabia for Advanced Global Investment Co (AGC), a subsidiary of Saudi-listed Advanced Petrochemical Co.

Samsung Engineering will also build utilities and offsite facilities in a project slated for completion in 2024 in Jubail Industrial City, 100 km north of Dammam.

The PDH plant will have a capacity of 843,000 tonnes/year of propylene, making it the world's largest PDH plant. It is also the fourth PDH complex in Saudi Arabia. The three plants currently in operation consume about 1.6 million tonnes/year of propane feedstock.

The PDH plants include a National Petrochemical Industrial Co. facility in Yanbu on the Red Sea, with propylene production capacity of 400,000 tonnes. There is also a 500,000-tonne/year facility also operated by APC and the 450,000- tonne/year Al Waha plant, both on the Persian Gulf coast.

WR Grace licenses PP tech in China

Meanwhile in other news, US supplier of polyolefin/PP catalyst technology W. R. Grace & Co. has licensed its Unipol PP Process Technology and its Unipol Unippac Process Control Software to Sinochem Hongrun Petrochemical Chemical Co.. The facility, located in Qingzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China will start up in 2022 and will include one reactor line with the capability to produce 450 kilotonnes of PP.

The award increases the total amount of licensed volume for Unipol PP technology worldwide to more than 27 million tonnes/year of PP.

Grace's all gas-phase process technology is said to deliver technology, innovation, and services for plant lifetime performance. The versatile process technology provides the broadest range of PP homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry.

Sinochem Hongrun plans to produce PP resins to meet the growing demand for more complex PP products in China.


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