Dow, Aramco launch Sadara joint venture
Dhahran, November 29, 2011
The Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) have announced the official formation of Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), a joint venture between the two companies.
Sadara’s board of directors and its senior officers were also announced.
The Sadara board is comprised of eight members, with Abdullatif A. Al-Othman, senior vice president, Engineering and Project Management, Saudi Aramco as board chairman and James D. McIlvenny, Dow senior vice president, as the deputy chairman.
“Today’s announcements mark another exciting and significant step forward for Sadara as it fulfills its commitment to building and operating a world scale, fully integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City,” said Andrew Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“I’m truly delighted to see the progress that we’ve made, and I’m most impressed with this line-up of outstanding leadership for Sadara. I have no doubt they will bring this premier partnership between Dow and Saudi Aramco to life and build a venture that is well positioned to create value on every front.”
Saudi Aramco president and chief executive officer Khalid Al-Falih said: “Sadara is poised to become a significant contributor for Saudi Aramco’s transformational downstream growth strategy. I’m pleased to see that this game-changing enterprise has now become a reality.”
“I am confident that Sadara will be a success story for many generations to come, and this unique partnership will help foster downstream industries and support industrial diversification that add significant value to the Kingdom’s hydrocarbon resources.”
Once complete, the JV complex now being built in Jubail will be one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in a single phase. First production units are expected to come on line in the second half of 2015. All units are expected to be up and running in 2016.
Sadara is expected to deliver annual revenues of approximately $10 billion within a few years of operation. The JV and related investments are expected to generate thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities.
For the JV alone, by the end of 2011, Dow and Saudi Aramco are aiming to recruit hundreds of Saudi nationals for the first batch of technical trainees for competitive and unique manufacturing and engineering training programmes.
Utilising Dow’s cutting-edge product technologies and Saudi Aramco’s world-class project management and execution capabilities, the manufacturing units will produce a wide range of performance products such as polyurethanes (isocyanates, polyether polyols), propylene glycol, elastomers, linear low density polyethylene, low density polyethylene, glycol ethers and amines.
Sadara will market products within a regional zone consisting of Middle Eastern countries, including the Kingdom. Dow will leverage its global marketing know-how to market and sell on behalf of Sadara to the rest of the world. – TradeArabia News Service
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