Sadara begins production of propylene glycol in Saudi Arabia

JubailJubail Industrial City is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the world. (Image source: Tasuku Soma/Flickr)Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Company announced that it has started production at its 22nd propylene glycol (PG) plant at the company’s chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II

Sadara, the largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, is a joint venture (JV) between Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian oil and gas company, and the US's Dow Chemical Company.

Ziad Al-Labban, CEO of Sadara, said, “This plant will provide the building blocks for a range of consumer products, which ultimately will be manufactured in the Kingdom and will therefore create new jobs for Saudi citizens.”

According to the company, this complex will be the first in the Middle East region to use refinery liquids such as naphtha as feedstock, with the capacity to produce three million tonnes of chemical products per annum.

PG is an organic compound that has a vast range of industrial and consumer applications such as food and flavouring agents, cosmetic products and fragrances, as well as paints and coatings.

The company said that the PG derivatives can also be used in the production of other chemicals such as monopropylene glycol, dipropylene glycol and tripropylene glycol.

Commenting on the production, Al-Labban stated, “This marks another significant milestone for Sadara, representing the 22nd of our 26 plants to start up. Our teams are continuing to push steadily toward full operations.”

“This plant will provide the building blocks for a range of consumer products, which ultimately will be manufactured in the Kingdom and will therefore create new jobs for Saudi citizens,” he added.

In June 2017, Sadara started commercial production of butyl glycol ether (BG) at a new plant in Jubail.

Established in 2011, Sadara Chemical Company is in business for manufacturing oil and gas products such as amines, glycol ethers, isocyanates, polyether polyols, polyethylene, polyolefin elastomers and propylene glycol.

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