Naphta Cracking Sabic Modernises Former DSM Plant at Geleen

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Saudi Arabian Sabic invests large sums in the modernisation of petrochemical plants at the former DSM site Geleen. The revamp, including an upgrade of the onsite Naphtha Olefins 4 cracker will include a major maintenance shutdown in 2013, company speakers stated.

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Jacques Slabbers (Director Area Manufacturing Services Europe) signs the first construction pole
Jacques Slabbers (Director Area Manufacturing Services Europe) signs the first construction pole
(Picture: Sabic)

Sittard/The Netherlands – In total, Sabic plans investments of € 135 million at its Dutch site, mostly used for a revamp of the cracker infrastructure. Especially the over 30 years old Naphtha Olefins4 shall be modernized to fit recent standards, the company explains. The modernisation will require a major maintenance shutdown, scheduled for September 2013.

Modernisation of Dated Naptha Cracker Planned for 2013

“We believe in the future of Sabic in Geleen,” says Henny Egberink, local Vice President Manufacturing. To enable the dated plant to compete with newer facilities, the revamp aims to boost production output by two percent while reducing the cracker’s energy consumption by eight percent, Sabic explained. The Saudi company acquired the facility at Geleen as well as another petrochemical plant in Gelsenkirchen/Germany in 2002 from Dutch Royal DSM.

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Earlier this year Jacobs Engineering was selected for engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services for the upgrade of Sabics Olefins 4 plant at Geleen.

Turnaround Does Not Affect Deliveries for Customers, Sabic Says

The upgrade project and the more than twenty improvement projects will be finalized during the big Turnaround in September 2013. The company is nevertheless confident to be able to cater all its customers during the modernisation: “Large-scale operations like these will not affect deliveries to our customers,” says Jacques Slabbers, Director Area Manufacturing Services Europe.