Shell has a solid historical presence in the Middle East with an extensive portfolio of chemicals manufacturing, storage, logistics and trading operations based in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan.  A new joint venture petrochemicals project is also underway in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia

Shell is a 50:50 joint venture partner in the Saudi Petrochemical Company (Sadaf), together with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). Sadaf produces a total of over 4.7 million tonnes of petrochemicals annually including ethylene, ethylene dichloride, caustic soda, styrene monomer and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

On 12 November 2012, SABIC and Shell announced that they are progressing plans for the expansion of various projects at Sadaf. The joint venture partners are also looking to expand their partnership beyond Saudi Arabia.

Sadaf has close links with another Shell joint venture, the Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (Sasref). Operating one of the region’s largest refineries, Sasref produces two key products: naphtha and benzene.


Shell has three teams in Dubai providing operations, marketing and sales, logistics and customer service support for its Middle East chemicals activities. Products marketed here include a range of solvents, polyols for polyurethane production and monopropylene glycol.

Products supplied in the region are stored in Shell’s chemicals terminal in Dubai, which includes a drumming facility to meet customers’ packaging requirements.


Shell uses third-party bulk storage and blending facilities in Aqaba, Jordan for polyurethane products sold in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.


A bulk chemicals facility located in Suez, Egypt, supplies Shell products to the local Egyptian market.


In Qatar, where Shell and Qatar Petroleum have developed the world’s largest Gas to Liquids (GTL) plant, plans are progressing for a world-scale ethane-based cracker and derivatives complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The Al Karaana Petrochemicals Project, also being progressed in partnership with Qatar Petroleum, entered the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase in early 2012.


A bulk chemicals facility located in Kaemari Karachi supplies Shell products to the local market.