Technip and ExxonMobil Chemical were awarded a contract
by Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical to provide proprietary
technology for a 384,000 tpy grassroots cumene plant as part of
the Rabigh phase two project in Saudi Arabia, the
companies said on Wednesday.
The contract includes technology license, engineering,
training and start-up services for the cumene plant, which is
due to start-up in 2016.
Technip and ExxonMobil Chemical won the contract through
their Badger Licensing venture. Badger Licensing is principally
engaged in marketing, licensing and developing technologies for
ethylbenzene, styrene monomer, cumene and bisphenol A.
"Rabigh Phase II is an impressive project in the growing petrochemical industry in the Middle
East, said Mark Healey, president of Badger.
"I believe Badgers proven cumene technology will enable the Rabigh
Phase II Project to achieve a low cost of
ownership by leveraging long catalyst cycles and high
operational reliability," he added.
Cumene is a precursor to the production of phenol and
subsequently bisphenol and polycarbonate. Nearly 10
million tpy of cumene capacity has been licensed by Badger and
its predecessor companies since the technology was introduced in