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$20bn Sadara chemical complex hits 75% completion

Project hitting peak construction with 54,000 workers onsite at beginning of Q4

Sadara Chemical Complex project, Saudi Arabia.
Sadara Chemical Complex project, Saudi Arabia.

The $20bn Sadara Chemical Complex project in Jubail Industrial City II, Saudi Arabia, has reached the 75% completion point, according to Ziad Al Labban, CEO of Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara).

Al Labban added that the project is proceeding on plan and on schedule with best-in-class performance in safety.

With the reaching of the 75% completion milestone, Sadara has become the largest chemical complex ever built in the world in a single phase.

During his welcome remarks at the ninth Annual Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) conference and exhibition, Al Labban also mentioned that the complex had reached peak construction with more than 54,000 dedicated construction personnel on-site at the beginning of the fourth quarter, 2014.

“A key differentiator for Sadara is our commitment to further developing Saudi Arabia’s downstream industry and the concept of ‘Made in Saudi Arabia’ through the visionary idea of PlasChem Park, a collaboration between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu,” said Al Labban.

“With 14 of the 26 manufacturing units being constructed at the Sadara complex completely new to the kingdom, we will enable a host of opportunities for local Saudi and international players to invest in facilities to capitalise on and make use of our differentiated products, thereby jumpstarting this key downstream manufacturing concept,” Al Labban added.

The 2014 GPCA Annual Forum received more than 2,000 delegates from around the world this year, providing an essential regional platform for industry players to meet, discuss and share knowledge, experience and expertise.

Sadara is a joint venture developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and Dow Chemical Company.

The project is on track to deliver its first products in the second half of 2015, with the complex in full operation in 2016.

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