The Linde Group was awarded a contract to build the
worlds largest carbon dioxide (CO2) purification and
liquefaction plant for Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC),
the companies said on Thursday.
The plant will be located at Jubail Industrial City
in Saudi Arabia.
The plant will be designed to compress and purify around
1,500 tpd of raw carbon dioxide coming from two nearby ethylene
glycol plants. The purified gaseous CO2 will be pipelined
through the piping corridor of the Royal Commission of Jubail
to three SABIC-affiliated companies for enhanced methanol and
In total, an estimated 500,000 tpy of CO2 emissions will
The plant will also be capable of producing 200 tpd of
liquid CO2 with food-grade quality, which will be stored and
thereafter supplied by truck to the beverage and food
Linde Engineering Dresden will be responsible for the
concept and basic engineering, front-end engineering design
(FEED) and detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the
Work is slated to be completed on a fast-track schedule, the
companies said, with mechanical completion set to be
achieved in 2015.
The plant is the first carbon capture and utilization (CCU)
project of this size to be realized
in Saudi Arabia. The reduction of CO2 emissions is an important
aim in both SABIC's and Lindes sustainability strategies, according
to company officials.