Shaw Stone & Webster, Inc. has been selected by Aramco Overseas Company and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. to provide Deep Catalytic Cracking (DCC) technology for a US$ 4.3 billion grassroots High Olefin Fluid Catalytic Cracking (HOFCC) project at Saudi Aramco's Rabigh petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia. DCC technology is a proprietary technology for the production of propylene and ethylene. Shaw's Stone & Webster unit is the only licensed provider of DCC technology outside of China.
Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical have signed am MOU for the Rabigh upgrade and expansion project. This project represents Saudi Aramco's first venture in petrochemical processing. The Saudi Aramco-Sumitomo Rabigh project will be a fully integrated petrochemical refinery with HOFCC producing 900,000 tpa propylene and 1,300,000 tpa ethylene.