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August 22, 2013

Linde to build world’s largest CO2 purification and liquefaction plant

Gerald Ondrey

The technology company —The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) has been awarded a contract to build the world’s largest carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant for Jubail United Petrochemical Co. (UNITED), a manufacturing affiliate of SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corp.). The plant will be located in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

The plant will be designed to compress and purify around 1,500 metric tons (m.t.) per day of raw carbon dioxide coming from two nearby ethylene glycol plants. The purified gaseous CO2 will be pipelined through the piping corridor of the Royal Commission of Jubail to three SABIC-affiliated companies for enhanced methanol and urea production. Methanol is a basic commodity for the chemical industry and urea is used for fertilizer production. In summary, an estimated 500,000 m.t. of CO2 emissions will be saved each year.

The plant will also be capable of producing 200 m.t./d of liquid CO2 with food grade quality which will be stored and thereafter supplied by truck to the beverage and food industry.

Linde Engineering Dresden will be responsible for the concept and basic engineering, front end engineering design (FEED) and detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the facility to be completed on a fast-track schedule. Mechanical completion is set to be achieved in 2015.

The plant is the first carbon capture and utilization (CCU) project of this size to be realized in Saudi Arabia. The reduction of CO2 emissions is an important aim in both SABIC's and Linde’s sustainability strategy.

 

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