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SABIC signs alcohol-technology licensing agreement

By Dorothy Lozowski |

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; www.sabic.com) has signed an agreement with Lurgi GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany; www.lurgi.com), for the technology licensing and engineering that will allow SABIC to produce oleo-chemicals at its affiliate, Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co., following the completion of new facilities to be constructed in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Startup of the new production line is planned for the end of 2013 and will utilize renewable feedstock technology.  “The feedstock used for this process is based on natural raw materials from renewable oils such as palm kernel oil and coconut oil.  The use of renewable feedstock is part of SABIC’s overall commitment to sustainability and strong corporate citizenship,” said SABIC executive vice president, Technology & Innovation, Abdulrahman Al-Ubaid. The new oleo-chemical plant will be the first of its type in the Middle East and includes an upstream natural acid unit, a wax-ester unit, a hydrogenation unit, a downstream natural alcohol fractionation and distillation line, as well as a complete glycerine line. The complex will be designed for the production of 83,000 ton/yr of distilled natural alcohols of various compositions…
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