Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), a US$20 billion joint venture between Saudi Aramco and U.S. firm Dow Chemical has commissioned the last of 26 plants at its petrochemicals complex in Jubail, Saudi Aramco said.
The toluene diisocyanate (TDI) unit began production this week while the dinitro toluene (DNT) and toluene diamine (TDA) started operations in April, Aramco said.
TDI is mainly used in the production of flexible polyurethane foam for furniture, mattresses and car seats.
Sadara has been announcing the start up of new plants in its complex, which it says is the world's largest petrochemical facility to be built in a single phase. It started the region's first mixed-feed cracker last year.
The Sadara complex is made of 26 integrated facilities in Jubail, eastern Saudi Arabia and has the capacity to produce more than 3 million tonnes of products per year.
Many products are produced in the kingdom for the first time, including isocyanates as the world's largest oil exporter moves downstream.
Sadara will transform the kingdom from a consumer and importer to a global exporter, while creating thousands of manufacturing jobs for Saudis, Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said in the statement.
"Sadara's slate of high-value chemicals, including many firsts for the Kingdom and the region, will create the quality performance, value-added and plastics products that support a higher living standard around the world, especially in the emerging Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets that will drive two-thirds of global petrochemical demand over the next decade," he said.
Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser called Sadara a major milestone in Saudi Aramco’s strategic intent to become the world’s foremost integrated energy and chemicals company.
“Sadara is a flagship chemicals project that significantly advances our ability to derive the maximum value from every hydrocarbon molecule, and to participate more broadly across the petroleum value chain,” Nasser said.