Jubail chemicals plant to be completed by Q4 2012

First-of-its-kind plant in the region to manufacture aluminium alkyls

SABIC subsidiary Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its latest plant.
SABIC subsidiary Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its latest plant.

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Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC) has held a groundbreaking ceremony to initiate construction of a new aluminium alkyls manufacturing facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Construction is scheduled for completion in Q4 2012.

The first of its kind in the Middle East, the facility will manufacture 6,000 metric tons a year of tri-ethyl aluminium (TEA), a Ziegler Natta co-catalyst used in the plastics industry.

The plant is being built at this location to bring TEA production closer to the end-users, thus supporting growing regional demand.

SOCC is a JV equally owned by Albemarle Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Albemarle Corporation, and SABIC affiliate Saudi Specialty Chemical Company.

Representatives from Albemarle, Samsung Engineering, SABIC, SOCC and Speciality Chemical attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Albemarle is delighted to join SABIC in a venture to provide key catalyst raw materials to our customers in one of the highest growth regions in the world for petrochemical production,” said Albemarle COO John Steitz.

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