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Sadara, Rufayah Chemicals Company sign partnership

by Martin Menachery on Dec 12, 2016


Al-Labban (right), Sadara CEO and Sabri Al-Ghamdi, RCC President, after signing the partnership agreement
Al-Labban (right), Sadara CEO and Sabri Al-Ghamdi, RCC President, after signing the partnership agreement

A long-term partnership agreement – covering a period of 20 years – was signed recently between Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) and Rufayah Chemicals Company (RCC), a Saudi downstream company.

With a total investment of about US$500 million, the RCC chemical complex – projected to be on-stream in December 2020 – will utilize the feedstock obtained from Sadara and potentially other liquid crackers in Saudi Arabia to produce a wide-range of downstream chemical products such as hydrocarbon resin, isoprene, pure DCPD, aromatic solvents, premium wash oils and other products. RCC, once complete, is expected to manufacture 12 different downstream products with an overall production capacity of more than 350 KTA.

Mohammad Alazzaz, Director of Value Park, Sadara, said: “We are delighted that RCC has selected PlasChem Park as the site for one of the largest hydrocarbon resin plants in the world, and certainly the biggest undertaking in PlasChem Park thus far. The new RCC plant will produce unique specialty chemicals that will serve the growing specialty chemicals industry in the Kingdom and the wider MENA region, filling a gap in local manufacture and supply.”

“We have been proud to work with the RCC team, which is composed of entrepreneurial Saudis with a strong determination to create value in Saudi Arabia. RCC will collaborate with a leading technology provider and producer of hydrocarbon resins to implement the necessary technology. We see significant opportunities to enable more local production in the specialty sector, reducing reliance on imported materials especially in applications such as specialty plastics, oil and gas chemicals, construction material, water treatment, home/personal care, comfort market, and other applications,” added Alazzaz.

Commenting on the agreement, Fawaz AlShora, General Manager, RCC, said, “For the past three years, RCC has been developing this project to be one of the most well-integrated complexes in the world for the production of hydrocarbon resins and various other products, all of which resemble a great contribution to the downstream chemicals industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The implementation of this project will convert underutilized existing raw material streams into value-added specialty chemicals and products. The synergy created between Naphtha crackers, such as Sadara’s mixed feed cracker and other liquid crackers in Saudi Arabia, and the Rufayah chemical complex allows a very dynamic and efficient model to capitalize on available raw materials through sustainable value addition.”

Established by Global Company for Downstream Industries (GDI) – RCC is a local Saudi company, specifically for the utilization of Pygas and Pyoil and the production of hydrocarbon resins, among other downstream products in Saudi Arabia.

HH Prince Nayef Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kabeer, Chairman, GDI, said, “The Rufayah complex aligns perfectly with the overall strategies of the Kingdom, diversifying the Kingdom’s production portfolio, and promoting further downstream opportunities. Hydrocarbon resins alone are a key component in the adhesives industry, paints and coatings sector, inks manufacturing, and rubber compounded products. Other products such as premium wash oils, aromatic solvents, and naphthalene will substitute local imports by providing them on a next-door basis, with quality and services exceeding the current imported products.”

Dedicated to downstream chemical and conversion industries, PlasChem Park – a key element differentiating Sadara from other petrochemical, chemical and plastics manufacturing projects in Saudi Arabia – is a 12-sq-km industrial park in Jubail Industrial City II.

PlasChem Park is uniquely positioned to enable and support downstream opportunities in many market segments, including the Hydrocarbon Resin Cluster, Ethylene Oxide/Propylene Oxide Cluster, Polyurethane Cluster and a Plastics Cluster, all designed to attract diversified investments into PlasChem Park for downstream applications such as the production of oil and gas chemicals, construction materials, auto components, animal feed, paints and coatings, as well as home and personal care products.


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