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Saudi Polymers Company SPCo:

Saudi Polymers Company represents the company’s first project, is a joint venture limited liability company with a share capital of SAR (4,800) Million and commercial registration number 2055008886 issued in Al-Jubail on 29/11/1428H, corresponding to 9/12/2007, located in  Al-Jubail Industrial City. Petrochem owns 65% of SPCo and the remaining 35% is owned by Arabian Chevron Phillips Petrochemical Company Ltd. SPCo started its commercial production in the last quarter of 2012, and produces the materials below:

Project Description:

The Saudi Polymers Project utilize an ethane / propane steam cracker to process 60 million SCFD of ethane and 40 thousand barrels per day of propane, to produce 1220 KTA of ethylene, and 440 KTA of Propylene. These products used  for the derivative units.

Products and Applications:

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

The market for HDPE can be divided into eight application areas: film, fiber, blow molding, injection molding, pipe and conduit, rotomolding, other extrusion, and miscellaneous applications.  HDPE is stiffer than the other polyethylenes, and thus is primarily used in molding applications, which account for approximately half of the global HDPE market.

Blow molding applications include storage tanks, containers and drums, technical applications in fuel tanks for the automotive sector, as well as intermediate bulk containers.  Injection molding applications cover a wide range of consumer articles and household items.

Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene is one of the plastic industry most versatile, low-cost polymers. PP is achieving a portion of its demand growth by displacing other polymers. This has been especially true for such applications as polystyrene in disposable utensils, sheet extrusion/thermoforming in soda straws.  Its higher heat resistance has gained limited acceptance in microwave food packaging and dishwasher safe products.

Polystyrene (PS)

PS is a versatile polymer that is used in applications ranging from disposable packaging to housings for electronic appliances.  There are two main types, known as general purpose polystyrene and high-impact polystyrene.  GPPS is the more widely used of the two, generally favored for its ease of processing, and used in a very wide range of generally low- specification applications.  HIPS contains a small proportion of polybutadiene, which is a type of synthetic rubber, and improves the strength and impact resistance of the resin.  HIPS is used for housings of computer monitors, televisions, etc.

Hexene-1

Hexene-1 is a comonomer utilized in the production of polyethylene to improve product quality. The Hexene-1 market is dominated by polyethylene production, which accounts for close to 90% of its demand.  Consequently, polyethylene growth will continue to be the driver behind 1-hexene growth.