Sabic picks Linde to build key Saudi plant for CO2 purification, liquefaction

The Linde Group was awarded a contract to build the world’s 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 urea production.
In total, an estimated 500,000 tpy of CO2 emissions will be saved.

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 industry.

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 facility.

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 Linde’s sustainability strategies, according to company officials.

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