JGC Corporation has announced today that its wholly-owned Saudi Arabian subsidiary, JGC Gulf International Co., Ltd. (JGC Gulf), has been awarded a contract for expansion of ethylene manufacturing facilities for the Rabigh Phase II Project. The contract was awarded by client Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical Company.
The lump-sum turnkey contract calls for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services associated with an expansion of the ethylene manufacturing facilities in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. The expanded facilities will have a capacity of 300 thousand tons per year of ethylene, and are scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, has been operating an integrated refining and petrochemicals complex (the Rabigh I Project) in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. In parallel, Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical have been conducting a feasibility study for the Rabigh Phase II Project, to expand the original complex. The ethylene manufacturing facility that JGC Gulf will be expanding has a capacity of 1.3 million tons per year, and was constructed by JGC Yokohama and completed in 2008 as a part of the Rabigh I project. The ethylene facility makes up one of the core facilities of the complex, with a vital function as the upstream producer of base chemicals used for synthesis of many other chemical products downstream.
The Rabigh Phase II project is of vital importance to Sumitomo Chemical and Saudi Aramco, and JGC is providing project management services for the feasibility study phase of the project. Therefore, JGC is delighted to have its wholly-owned subsidiary participate in the EPC phase of the project.