Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical (Petro Rabigh) is expected to complete its 275,000 tpa phenol project in Rabigh in 2014, as per engineering company KBR. John Derbyshire, president of KBR's technology division, said the company is providing the basic engineering and technology for the project, and is working with Japanese engineering and construction firm JGC Corp. on the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package.
The phenol project forms part of Petro Rabigh's plans to widen the product slate and debottleneck the ethane cracker at its refinery and petrochemicals complex.
Petro Rabigh is a joint venture (JV) between state-owned Saudi Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical. Its complex in Rabigh includes a 1.3 mln tpa ethane cracker and a 700,000 tpa monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant. The facility also includes a 600,000 tpa linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 300,000 tpa high-density PE (HDPE) unit and a 700,000 tpa polypropylene (PP) plant.