Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia -- Sadara Chemical Company has appointed Ziad S. Al-Labban as chief executive officer, succeeding Ali A. Abuali who is retiring from the company. The appointment will take effect 1 Oct 2012.
Al-Labban has 30-years of work experience in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil, gas and petrochemical businesses, with his immediate past role being three years as president & ceo of Rabigh Refining & Petrochemicals Co. (Petro Rabigh), which owns and operates a 400 000 barrel per day integrated refinery-petrochemical plant in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.
Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, Chairman of the Board of Sadara, said: "Al-Labban brings with him an outstanding, proven track record in managing large enterprises and joint ventures, both in upstream and downstream and in KSA and abroad."
Established in October, 2011, Sadara is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Co. that is now building a world-scale, fully integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City II, in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.
The complex will include world scale production of polyurethane raw materials - isocyanates, propylene oxide and polyols.
Once complete, Sadara will be one of the world's largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in a single phase. First production units are expected to come on line in 2015, with all units up and running in 2016.