Jacobs Engineering Group was awarded a design contract from
Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co., an affiliate of
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), to develop a process
design package (PDP) and front-end engineering design (FEED)
package for an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene
(UHMWPE) plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Officials did not disclose the value of the contract. Work
will be executed from Jacobs' Winnersh, UK, and Al-Khobar
offices, according to the company.
UHMWPE is used in many industrial applications including
batteries and industrial fibers.
The plant is planned to have a production capacity of 35,000
tpy using ethylene sourced from Kayan's existing olefins plant,
by which SABIC will use its own technology.
"We are delighted to have been awarded this high profile project," said Jacobs vice president
"We take [the award] to be both a statement of our
client's confidence in our ability to deliver strategic projects of this nature and the
commencement of what we hope will be a significant and
long-term relationship with SABIC that will drive mutual
benefits to our businesses and build upon our presence and
future capability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."