Saudi Arabia: Covid-19 Precaution Sadara, Sipchem to Supply Ethanol for Producing Hand Sanitisers
In the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sipchem and Sadara aim to produce 100,000 kg of high-purity ethanol which can be used to manufacture hand sanitisers. This move is expected to meet the local demand in Saudi Arabia.
Jubail/Saudi Arabia – In line with their social responsibility towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) and Sahara International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) have partnered to supply high-quality ethanol which is required for the manufacturing of hand sanitisers. The ethanol has been provided to local manufacturers free of charge to enable them to produce much-needed hand sanitisers, which in turn were donated to the Ministry of Health for distribution to the healthcare industry throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, CEO of Sadara, and Eng. Saleh Bahamdan, CEO of Sipchem, praised the efforts of all teams involved in the project and in the government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of Covid-19. They emphasised that the government has shown wisdom in its efforts to minimise the impact on the Kingdom, its citizens and residents, and they highlighted the fact that as local Saudi companies it is the duty of Sadara and Sipchem and others to contribute to such efforts. This collaboration shows the importance of localising the industry, which has resulted in a fast response to the Kingdom’s demand for this key raw material.
Due to the sudden shortage of ethanol/isopropanol products in the Kingdom and throughout the world, Sipchem extracted industrial-grade ethanol from its production lines and supplied it to Sadara, which in turn leveraged its high technical capability to purify the ethanol in a temporarily repurposed distillation tower at the Sadara Chemical Complex in Jubail to comply with the Saudi Drug and Food Authorization (SDFA) requirements. The purification process has the capability to produce around 1,600 kilograms (KG) per week of high-quality ethanol, ready for use in hand sanitiser manufacturing. A total of 100,000 KG of high-purity ethanol will be produced to fulfill the local demand.