SABIC to convert UK naphtha cracker for imported shale ethane from US
SABIC did not specify the level of investment or whether it has supply deals lined up with US companies. The decision follows similar moves by INEOS in Norway and the UK and Borealis in Sweden.
SABIC is modifying its Wilton cracker in the UK to enable it
to use ethane feedstock
imported from the US,
the company announced on Friday.
The company is aiming to complete the project
SABIC had said in 2013 that it was studying the possibility
of converting the naphtha cracker. The nameplate capacity is
865,000 tpy of ethylene, 400,000 tpy of propylene and 100,000
tpy of butadiene.
SABIC did not specify the level of investment or whether it
has supply deals lined up with US companies. The decision to
import US ethane for a Europe
an cracker follows similar
moves by INEOS in Norway and the UK and Borealis in Sweden.
strong determination to take advantage of cutting-edge technology
in creating new sources
of competitive feedstock
and energy that will
allow the company to continue to build a sustainable business
and deliver on its long-term vision, said Yousef
Al-Benyan, executive vice president for chemicals at SABIC.
"Our long-term focus is to have a business that stays
profitable not only in the Europe
an region, but across our
global markets," he added.
Work is already underway to build a cryogenic tank at SABIC's
North Tees site in the UK as part of a gas import terminal.