RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi
Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil announce they
will construct a world-scale specialty elastomers facility at the Al-Jubail
Petrochemical Co. (Kemya) manufacturing joint venture.
facility will be integrated with the existing Jubail complex and is expected to
be completed in 2015. The companies have approved the next stage of project
development: engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
facility will have the capacity to produce up to 400,000 tons per year of
rubber — including halobutyl, styrene butadiene, polybutadiene, and ethylene
propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubbers — thermoplastic specialty polymers and
carbon black to serve local markets, the Middle East and Asia. Kemya has
awarded the EPC contract for the elastomers facility to Technip, Tecnicas
Reunidas and Daelim.
is a 50-50 joint venture between SABIC and Exxon Chemical Arabia Inc., an
affiliate of ExxonMobil Chemical Co. The two companies have collaborated
closely since 1980 when they established the joint venture, which produces
polyethylene, ethylene, and propylene. The new synthetic rubber project
represents a significant broadening of Kemya’s product portfolio.
with the new Kemya elastomers facility is the establishment of the High
Institute for Elastomer Industries (HIEI), a vocational training center in
Yanbu; a product application center in Riyadh; and thermoplastic polyolefin
compounding and inventory management facilities in Jubail.
expanding transportation infrastructure in the Middle East and Asia Pacific has
created strong demand for rubber products. The new world-scale Kemya elastomers
project will help meet this ever-growing demand. The facility will rely on
commercially competitive, high-impact technologies, including proprietary
ExxonMobil EPDM, thermoplastic specialty polymers, and halobutyl rubber