London -- Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) and Shell said 12 Nov that their plans to expand various projects at their Saudi Petrochemical Co. (Sadaf) joint venture are moving ahead, with the two companies also looking to expand the partnership beyond Saudi Arabia.
Both parties are developing a full range of polyols (used in polyurethanes) and styrene monomer/propylene oxide (SMPO) plants at the existing Sadaf site, which is located in one of the world's largest and most competitive petrochemical complexes - the Al Jubail industrial zone on Saudi Arabia's eastern coast, a 12 Nov statement said.
Sabic and Shell will jointly conduct the necessary studies to implement the project.
The proposed full range of polyols and SMPO plants would be the first of their kind in the Middle East, the statement said.
The assets would employ Shell's proprietary polyols and SMPO technologies to produce chemical building blocks for the polyurethanes industry and petrochemicals sector in the Middle East and beyond, according to the partners.
Shell and Sabic commented that they are "committed to the polyurethanes, styrene, propylene oxide and derivatives sectors, and have access to leading technologies as major international suppliers."