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September 2, 2013

Solvay and Sadara JV begins construction of H2O2 plant in Saudi Arabia

Gerald Ondrey

Saudi Hydrogen Peroxide Co., a newly created joint venture (JV) between Sadara Chemical Co. (Sadara; Jubail Industrial City; Saudi Arabia) and the Solvay Group (Brussels, Belgium;, announced today that they have begun constructing one of the world's largest hydrogen peroxide plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The plant will provide a key raw material to Sadara and will strengthen Solvay's global leadership position in H2O2 technology and markets.

With a capacity exceeding 300,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) and a planned start up in 2015, the mega plant is being built at Sadara's chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II. It will be the first H2O2 facility in the Kingdom.

Sadara will use output from the plant as a raw material for the H2O2-to-propylene oxide (HPPO) manufacturing plant on the site, thereby supporting its propylene oxide (PO) derivative units that produce polyols and propylene glycol.

For Solvay, this will be its third joint venture mega H2O2 plant following the 230,000-m.t./yr plant in Antwerp, Belgium, a JV with The Dow Chemical Company and BASF, and the 330,000 m.t./yr mega plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, a JV with Dow.


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