ADDAR Awards $ 35 million EPC Contract to Nuberg for Saudi Arabia Chemical Plant.
(Photo courtesy: Nuberg Engineering Ltd)

India's Nuberg Engineering Ltd has won an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) and fabrication contract for a new chemical plant in Saudi Arabia.

Nuberg said that the $35 million contract from industrial services company ADDAR includes residual engineering, procurement, supply, construction, fabrication and commissioning. The greenfield plant will be constructed in Jubail Industrial City, the largest industrial city in the Middle East and home to several other chemical and petrochemical plants.

The facility will produce sulfolane and other specialty chemicals for the local Saudi market as well as the wider Middle East, Africa and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. It may also deliver to markets in Eastern Europe, India, China and South East Asia.

Sulfolane is an industrial solvent with applications in gas production, oil refineries and fertilizer plants. It is used as an extractive distillation solvent and reaction solvent in the chemical industry and has many other uses in manufacturing industries such as plastics, textiles, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronics, Nuberg said.

A.K. Tyagi, managing director of Nuberg, commented: "Being a specialized EPC supplier for chemical plants, Saudi Arabia is a core country for Nuberg EPC business and ADDAR our key customer. This EPC contract represents another significant step in building our capability and consolidating our position as a major EPC company of Indian origin in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) & Gulf region."

The project is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2017.

Another Indian company, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), is the detail engineering partner of the chemical plant, while the technology and basic engineering partner of the project is U.S.-based GTC Technology.