Plant Engineering/Butanol World's Largest Butanol Plant to be Build in Saudi Arabia

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Saudi Arabia ventures further into the downstream business: Regulatory authorities had recently approved plans of the joint–venture company Saudi Butanol Company (Sabuco), to build the world’s largest butanol plant in Jubail...

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The SaBuCo partners sign the agreement covering several key elements of the joint venture.
The SaBuCo partners sign the agreement covering several key elements of the joint venture.
(Picture: Sadara Group)

Jubail/Saudi Arabia – Only recently, the three three leading Saudi petrochemical companies, Sadara Chemical Company, the Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company and Saudi Acrylic Acid Company (SAAC) joined forces to establish Sabuco in the country's capital city Riyadh. With an estimated investment of US $ 517 million, the new joint mega–plant in Jubail will be the first ever butanol plant in the Middle East.

Butanol produced at the site shall be marketed to customers in Suadi Arabia's paints and coatings industry, the joint–venture partners explained. The design capacity of the plant, which is scheduled to go on-stream in 2015, is 330,000 metric tons per annum of n-butanol and 11,000 metric tons per annum of iso-butanol.


Saudi Arabia's Petro–Industry Ventures further Down Stream

“This is another example of success through teamwork and collaboration. We are pleased to create further downstream economic value in Saudi Arabia from butanol-based products,” stated Ziad Al-Labban, CEO of Sadara. Also Kayan's President Mazyad Al-Khaldi agreed that the project will add a new product to the Saudi Kayan portfolio, which will contribute to the development of the local downstream industry. “We are happy at the success all of us have achieved in arriving at a workable business arrangement. It was only due to the dedicated efforts and teamwork on the part of all the partners in all areas that we have been able to make the project a reality,” he said.

Tasnee CEO Al-Nazha to Lead JV

The joint venture will be headed by Saleh Al-Nazha, CEO of the National Industrialization Company Tasnee and chairman of SAAC, the partners decided. Tasnee's petrochemical complex at all Jubail will also become the location for the planned butanol plant.

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