Al Jubail, 05 April 2017 - Today marked the official inauguration of the Linde-built on-site supply units at Sadara Chemical Complex. The Linde Group and Sadara Chemical Company signed in 2012 a long-term contract for the on-site supply of industrial gases, which includes a HyCO facility for the production of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen (H2) and an ammonia plant.
Established in October 2011, Sadara Chemical Company is a joint venture developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow). It is the largest chemical complex ever built in the world in a single phase, with 26 integrated world-scale manufacturing plants, over 3 million metric tons of capacity per year, and a total investment of about US$20 billion.
Linde is responsible for an essential piece within the complex: long-term supply of carbon monoxide, hydrogen and ammonia. These gases play a key role in the production of various aromatic compounds, amines and hydrogen peroxide, as well as isocyanates used to generate polyurethane, a material essential to the manufacture of synthetic fibers, foam and adhesives, and used in products such as mattresses and car seats.
At 380 million US dollars, the Sadara project is one of Linde’s largest single investments over the last few years and the company’s first on-site project in Jubail.
“We were excited to see our largest on-site petrochemical project in this region grow from drawing board to reality,” states Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, CEO of Linde AG. “Our intention to expand our gases
and engineering business in the Middle East has another solid foothold with the new production units.”
Linde's Engineering Division provided the design, delivery and construction of the new turnkey gases facilities at the petrochemical cluster: a two-stream HyCO plant, plus a single-stream NH3 unit producing waterless liquid ammonia. The compelling supply concept is operated by Linde's Gases Division.
“Linde is proud to have been chosen for the construction of the hydrogen and ammonia on-site facilities,“ states Bernd Eulitz, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. “It represents one of the biggest challenges Linde has ever faced. We worked hard to get this project because we wanted to demonstrate our passion to perform and show what we're capable of -- that we could deliver a state-of-the-art facility on this large a scale. We are happy to deliver plants that meet all specifications of our strategic partner, helping it to achieve its goals.”
In fact, Linde was one of the first contract partners in the whole complex to achieve mechanical completion of its plants, ahead of schedule. This achievement did not go unmarked: in April 2015, Sadara presented Linde with an award in recognition of the company’s performance. Elements of the overall chemical complex in Al Jubail went on stream in 2016 and the complex is expected to be fully operational in 2017.
About The Linde Group
In the 2016 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.948 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 60,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The Gas Division is a world leading supplier of industrial, process and specialty gases, serving customers of all sizes across almost all industries and trades, also supporting science, research and medicine. The
company offers a wide range of compressed and liquefied gases, as well as chemicals. The gas portfolio extends from gas production right up to delivery, rounded off by a broad industrial and medical gas application and service offering. Although only rarely visible in operation, Linde gases are used in almost every production chain in steel production, chemical processing, energy sector, welding, food processing, glass production, electronics, environmental protection, fuel technologies and healthcare.
They helped producing the cars we drive, growing and preserving the food we eat, putting the fizz in the water we drink, fabricating the glass to drink from and so much more.
The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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