March 2019

Special Focus: Petrochemical Technology

How did asset utilization modeling save Sadara $1 B in capital cost?

Sadara is a JV between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical.

Hayek, F., Moran, M., Sadara Chemical Co.

Sadara is a JV between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. The two companies invested $20 B to build the world’s largest petrochemical complex ever constructed in one phase (FIG. 1). This project included new process units that had never been built before in Saudi Arabia, or in any of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In addition, some of the complex’s units process risky and challenging chemicals, whereas others operate at world-scale rates. With such a large investment in a complicated, highly integrated site, it was important that the money be well spent to earn the rate of return investors expect. FIG. 1. A view of the Sadara petrochemical

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