SABIC FUJIAN Petrochemicals, a JV of SABIC and Fujian Fuhua Gulei Petrochemical, announces final investment decision for US$6.4B petrochemical complex in China; site will include mixed feed steam cracker and downstream polymer capacities

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January 22, 2024 (press release) –

SABIC FUJIAN Petrochemicals Co. Ltd, a 51:49 joint venture between SABIC Industrial Investment Company (wholly owned by SABIC) and Fujian Fuhua Gulei Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (holding by Fujian Energy and Petrochemical Group) decided to build the Complex in Fujian’s Gulei Industrial Park. With an estimated total investment of RMB 44.8 billion (USD 6.4 billion), it is another centerpiece of SABIC’s investment footprint in China and by far the largest foreign investment in Fujian. The complex will consist of a mixed feed steam cracker, with an expected annual ethylene capacity up to 1.8 million tons, with a series of world-class downstream facilities, including ethylene glycol (EG), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC), and several other units. The construction of the project targets to complete in 2026.

Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC CEO said: “The FID is a significant milestone for SABIC’s business expansion and development in China. The project aims to support our goal of diversifying our feedstock sources and establishing a petrochemical manufacturing presence in Asia for a wide range of products, and the FID decision fully reflects SABIC’s commitment to provide solutions to our customers and maximize shareholders value. Building on this, we will continue to capitalize on our partnerships to expand our footprint and continue to contribute to the targets of Saudi’s Vision 2030 

The construction and subsequent operation of the project is using nine of SABIC’s leading technologies to meet our customers and markets evolving demand for high-end chemical products for applications in electrical and electronics, artificial intelligence, smartphones, telecommunications, healthcare, automobile and advanced materials. 

The FID marks the second key milestone related to SABIC’s joint ventures in recent years, following the start of commercial operation for a new polycarbonate plant at the SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (SSTPC) joint venture in 2023. Building on the progress of these joint ventures, SABIC will continue to leverage its technology and innovation to provide more market-facing products for customers while  helping to strengthen economic development within petrochemical industry.

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