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Chinese firm to invest in huge polyester complex in Saudi Arabia

June 27, 2017
Chemical Value Chain

Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou), a subsidiary of Full Apex (Holdings) (Singapore), plans to invest $3.8 billion in a polyester manufacturing complex at Jazan, Saudi Arabia, where Saudi Aramco is building a new refinery and a para-xylene (p-xylene) production facility.

The news follows the signing last year of an agreement between Guangzhou Industrial Development Corp. and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu to allow foreign direct investment by Chinese businesses in Jazan.

Pan-Asia PET Resin, plans to build plants producing 2.5 million metric tons/year (MMt/y) of purified terephthalic acid, 1 MMt/y of PET resin, and 200,000 metric tons/year each of polyester engineering plastics, thin film and polyester fiber. The company envisages the project’s completion in mid-2020. The commission in March allocated land for the project.

Lin Wencai, vice president of Full Apex (Holdings), says that the project will benefit from proximity to raw materials, with a large p-xylene facility under construction at Jazan and from proximity to markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Aramco has ambitions to become a major petrochemicals producer. It’s Jazan p-xylene facility will be designed for 800,000 metric tons/year.

By Natasha Alperowicz

Source: Chemical Week

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