Saudi Arabia’s RCC to build $500m chemical complex

Sadara Chemical Company to supply feedstock to Rufayah Chemicals Company facility

Saudi Arabia’s Rufayah Chemicals Company (RCC) is building a $500m chemical complex in PlasChem Park, Jubail Industrial City in the Eastern Province, the company said in a statement.

Sadara Chemical Company, a $20 billion joint venture between Saudi Aramco and US multinational Dow Chemicals, will supply RCC with aromatics concentrate (Pygas) and Pyoil, generated from cracking naphtha, to be used in the new chemical complex and the supply agreements will cover a period of 20 years.

The RCC chemical complex will utilise the feedstock obtained from Sadara and potentially other liquid crackers in Saudi Arabia, to produce a wide-range of downstream chemical products such as hydrocarbon resin, isoprene, aromatic solvents, premium wash oils and other derivatives.

Once complete, RCC expects to manufacture 12 different downstream products with an overall production capacity of more than 350KTA (kilotons per annum). The complex is projected to be on-stream in December 2020.

PlasChem Park is a collaborative effort between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY).

“We are delighted that RCC has selected PlasChem Park as the site for one of the largest hydrocarbon resin plants in the world, and certainly the biggest undertaking in PlasChem Park thus far,” said Mohammad Alazzaz, director of Value Park, Sadara.

“The implementation of this project will convert under-utilised existing raw material streams into value added specialty chemicals and products,” commented Fawaz Al Shora, general manager, RCC.

For the past three years, RCC has been developing this project to be one of the well-integrated complexes in the world for the production of hydrocarbon resins and various other products, all of which resemble a great contribution to the downstream chemicals industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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