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SABIC & Shell progress on plans for expansion at Sadaf joint venture

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Shell announced today that they are progressing plans for the expansion of various projects at the Saudi Petrochemical Company (Sadaf). The joint venture partners are also looking to expand their partnership beyond Saudi Arabia.
SADAF at night

Night shot of Sadaf, SABIC and Shell’s long-standing JV of over 30 years, in Al Jubail industrial zone, Saudi Arabia

Both parties are developing a full range of polyols (a polyurethane building block) and styrene monomer propylene oxide (SMPO) plants at the existing Sadaf site, which is located in one of the world’s largest and most competitive petrochemical complexes – the Al Jubail industrial zone on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast. SABIC and Shell will jointly conduct the necessary studies to implement the project.

The proposed full range of polyols and SMPO plants would be the first of their kind in the Middle East. The assets would employ Shell’s proprietary polyols and SMPO technologies to produce chemical building blocks for the polyurethanes industry and petrochemicals sector in the Middle East and beyond. The partners are committed to the polyurethanes, styrene, propylene oxide and derivatives sectors, and have access to leading technologies as major international suppliers.

Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, commented, “We are pleased to be deepening our partnership with Shell. This investment will respond to demands for solutions from our global customer base. These sectors include building & construction, automotive & transportation, furniture & bedding, sports goods, food packaging, cold chain & refrigeration, and home appliances industries. Our polyurethane solutions will offer strength and flexibility, variable rigidity and insulation properties in a wide range of applications.”

Developing the polyurethane sector in Saudi Arabia will contribute to necessary energy savings and create job opportunities for the growing skilled workforce.

Ben van Beurden, Executive Vice President for Shell Chemicals, said, “SABIC ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies and operates in over 40 countries. We are delighted to expand our successful, long-standing partnership of more than 30 years. The proposed SMPO and polyols plants will help strengthen Shell’s global propylene oxide and polyols manufacturing capacity, boosting our supply to customers worldwide.”

Notes to editors

About SABIC

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 29.24 billion (US$ 7.80 billion) in 2011. Sales revenues for 2011 totaled SR 189.90 billion (US$ 50.64 billion). Total assets stood at SR 332.78 billion (US$ 88.74 billion) at the end of 2011.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 per cent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 per cent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

About Shell Chemicals

Shell Chemicals has been a leading player in the manufacture and sale of bulk petrochemicals to large industrial customers for more than 80 years. It has world-class manufacturing plants in major markets around the world and a robust product portfolio underpinned by strong technical heritage and market-leading proprietary technologies, innovation and excellent customer relationships. For two consecutive years since 2011, Shell Chemicals has been ranked the world’s sixth largest petrochemical company based on turnover. In 2011, it sold more than 18m tonnes of product and achieved record earnings of over $2bn.

About Sadaf

Owned jointly by Shell Chemicals Arabia LLC and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Sadaf is one of the oldest petrochemicals ventures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The 50:50 JV was established in 1980 and began operating in 1984. It is located in one of the world's largest and most competitive petrochemical complexes in the Al Jubail industrial zone on Saudi Arabia's eastern coast. Sadaf produces some 4.7 million tonnes of building-block petrochemicals a year, primarily sold to customers in the Asia Pacific region. They include ethylene, crude industrial ethanol, styrene monomer, ethylene dichloride, caustic soda, and methyl tertiary butyl ether.

For further information, please contact:

SABIC
Samir Al-Abdrabbuh, Vice President, Corporate Communications

Shell
UK
Ross Whittam, Shell Global Media Relations
Tel: +44 207 934 2085 / +44 7837 268 221
Email: ross.whittam@shell.com

Yam-Chew Oh, Global External Communications Adviser – Shell Chemicals
Tel: +44 20 7934 2253 / +44 7837 955 995
Email: yam-chew.oh@shell.com


Middle East

Ali Khan, Shell Media Relations Middle East & North Africa
Tel: +971 501 897 480 / +971 501 897 480
Email: ali-nasir.khan@shell.com

Abdullah Al-Meshwal, Communications & Social Investment Advisor, Shell Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 1477 4402 / +966 54881 3169
Email: abdullah.al-meshwal@shell.com

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