Al-Waha: Starts up Plant with Spherizone Technology
Al-Waha Petrochemical Company has successfully started up its new complex in Al-Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia, which includes a 450 KT per year polypropylene plant based on LyondellBasell’s Spherizone process technology. Al-Waha was formed in 2006 and is a joint venture between Sahara Petrochemicals Company (75%) and LyondellBasell (25%).
According to Al-Waha, they have developed a world-class complex with integrated Middle East-advantaged production costs and a highly competitive mix of polypropylene products in close proximity to their target markets of KSA, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Applications to be targeted include tapes to produce woven fabrics, injection molded products, and film. At a later stage, Al-Waha will also supply grades used in fiber and nonwoven applications, and a wide range of random copolymers used in consumer and packaging applications.
Al-Waha’s polypropylene resins will be marketed globally by LyondellBasell, including a firm commitment to the Middle East market for value added products. This joint venture enables the global polyolefins leader to supply heterophasic and random copolymers to the Middle East from local assets for the first time.
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