Technip-Coflexip to build Saudi acid plant

Technip-Coflexip has been awarded by SABIC a contract for the design and construction of an acetic acid plant in SABIC’s Arabian Industrial Fibers Company Complex in the industrial city of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. This 30,000-ton-a year acetic acid plant will use the new acetic technology based on the oxidisation of ethane, which has been developed by SABIC’s Research and Development centre in Riyadh. Technip-Coflexip’s scope of work includes: project management, engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, construction, pre-commissioning and assistance to commissioning and start-up. The project will be carried out by the engineering centre of Technip-Coflexip based in Rome, with the construction being handled by the Group’s local affiliate Technip Saudi Arabia. The plant is scheduled to come on-stream by the beginning of the second quarter of 2004. Acetic acid production will be used by Arabian Industrial Fibers Co. as a feedstock to produce PTA, an intermediate to manufacture polyesters.

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