National Industrialization Co (Tasnee) and Sahara Petrochemical Co have agreed a SR 5.09 billion (US$1.36 bln) loan with nine local banks to fund development of three new factories. The loan was syndicated among local banks including al-Rajhi Banking and Investment Corp, Alinma Bank, Riyad Bank, Samba Financial Group, Saudi British Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi, National Commercial Bank and Saudi Hollandi Bank. The 16-year syndicated loan will finance investment in a new complex producing acrylic acid derivatives, as per Reuters. Operations at Saudi Acrylic Monomer Company, Saudi Acrylic Acid Co and Saudi Superabsorbent Polymers Co in Jubail Industrial City on the kingdom's Gulf coast, are scheduled to start in the first quarter of next year. The project is a joint venture with Dow Chemical Co and Evonik.