Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and ExxonMobil Chemical are investigating a joint Saudi-based project to make rubber, carbon black and thermoplastic specialty polymers to serve emerging local and international markets. The materials are listed as EPDM, TPO, Butyl, SBR/BR. The last item seems to imply a solution-based system to make solution styrene-butadiene rubber and polybutadiene rubber.
The two companies said they have begun work on a feasibility study to define a potential project that would grow their two joint petrochemical ventures at Yanbu and Jubail. Expected project start-up is 2011
The project would utilize feedstocks allocated by the Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and additional feedstocks from other sources in the Kingdom that will be processed at Saudi Yanbu Petrochemical Company (YANPET) in Yanbu and Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (KEMYA) in Jubail.
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Press release from Sabic