Basell Technology Chosen for New Saudi Polyethylene Plants

Project Management and Development Company Ltd. (PMD) has selected Basell technologies for two new polyethylene plants it intends to build in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hostalen technology will be used in a high density PE plant with an annual capacity of 400 KT and Lupotech G technology will be used in a medium density/high density PE plant with an annual capacity of 300 KT.

Earlier this year, PMD selected Basell’s Spheripol process for two new PP plants with a total annual capacity of 640 KT and Basell’s Lupotech T technology for a new LDPE and EVA copolymer plant with an annual capacity of 270 KT.

All five plants will be part of a new petrochemical complex in the industrial city of Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Start-up is scheduled for 2009.

“Basell is the only polyolefins technology company offering a complete portfolio of PP and PE technologies,” said Just Jansz, president of Basell’s Technology Business. “PMD has decided to source all of its polyolefin technology needs from a single supplier, Basell. A single reference point for technology facilitates project implementation, competitiveness and project financing.”

PMD has licensed all of its 1.6 million tonnes of polyolefin capacity from Basell including gas phase, slurry and high pressure tubular polyethylene processes as well as the world’s leading polypropylene technology.

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