Saudi Arabia: New Urea Project

Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co (Safco) a subsidiary of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation Sabic, announced on January 2011 that it had abandoned plans to build a steel plant at Jubail and would instead study a long-awaited urea project, through a feasibility study for a new 1.1m tonnes/year urea plant, called Safco V. The plant would use surplus ammonia generated by existing Saudi plants and gas feedstock has been agreed by the  Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. The urea complex is expected to be completed in the second half of 2013. Safco produces ammonia, urea, sulphuric acid, and melamine and uses them to manufacture fertilizers, and Sabic manufactures chemicals and steel and is the world’s largest petrochemical maker.

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