UAE: Downstream Industry Cepsa to Evaluate World-Scale Linear Alkyl Benzene Complex in Abu Dhabi
Cepsa and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) have today signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate a new world-scale Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi/UAE — LAB is the most common raw material in the manufacture of biodegradable household and industrial detergents. It is also used in house cleaners, fabric softeners, and soap bars.
The Indian Ocean Basin LAB market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5 % between 2016 and 2030, according to the latest market research conducted by Colin A. Houston & Associates Inc., a leading global market research and advisory company. The Asia-Pacific region is the largest and highest growing market for LAB, with high demand from the industrial and household cleaning products sector. With strong transportation links, Abu Dhabi’s strategic location allows easy access to serve these growth markets.
The companies plan to progress the basic engineering of the proposed LAB complex in 2018. It is envisaged that the facility will be integrated with the Ruwais refinery complex, and will incorporate Detal-Plus technology.
The oil company will be providing resources and expertise in the feedstock area from its state of the art refinery in Ruwais, while Cepsa provides the LAB technology, jointly developed by Cepsa and UOP. Currently, Cepsa has specialist LAB plants in Spain, Canada and Brazil, whose production represents 15 % of global supply.
Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala, said: “We welcome this further extension of the co-operation between Adnoc and our portfolio companies. This development is a strong example of our role in supporting the diversification of Abu Dhabi's industrial base. It will also help maintain Cepsa’s golbal leadership position in LAB, providing a base to meet growing demand both in the region and beyond into Asia.”