Jubail, Saudi Arabia — Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco have started up the Middle Eastern mixed feed cracker (MFC) they developed in a joint venture.
Dow chairman and ceo Andrew Liveris said: “Sadara is a fundamental cornerstone in Dow’s strategic actions to deliver consistent, long-term earnings growth for our shareholders and enhanced value and market access for our customers.
He described the MFC as a “pivotal next step in realising the full value creation of this world-scale integrated complex.”
Ethylene and propylene produced by the MFC will be converted to plastics and specialty chemicals through Sadara’s other manufacturing units.
The MFC is one of 26 manufacturing assets being built at the complex in Jubail Industrial City II.
Sadara remains on schedule for a sequenced start-up process, continuing with the polyethylene and polyolefins envelope to maximise timing in the ethylene cycle, followed by ethylene oxide/propylene oxide and their derivatives, said Dow.