Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. announced that Saudi Polymers
Co. (SPCo) and its joint-venture partner, National Petrochemical Co. (Petrochem), have
started commercial production at their polymers manufacturing
facility in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Commercial production was originally expected to commence in
the first quarter of 2012.
The integrated SPCo petrochemicals complex includes
units that are capable of producing 1.22 million tpy of
ethylene, 1.1 million tpy of polyethylene, 440,000 tpy of
propylene, 400,000 tpy of polypropylene, 200,000 tpy of
polystyrene, and 100,000 tpy of 1-hexene.
In addition to direct sales to serve Saudi Arabian demand,
SPCo will manufacture products to serve growing world demand
through its exclusive distributor, Gulf Polymers Distribution
Co., utilizing Chevron Phillips Chemical's global marketing
SPCo is owned 65% by Petrochem and 35% by Arabian Chevron
Phillips Petrochemical Co., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Chevron Phillips Chemical.