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Kelco and Saudi firm sign MOU to build xanthan gum plant in Saudi Arabia

11:42 AM MDT | September 15, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz

Basic Chemical Industries Co. (BCI; Ad Dammām, Saudi Arabia) said on Sunday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with CP Kelco (Atlanta) to jointly build and operate a xanthan gum facility at Al Jubail. The plant will be designed to produce between 5,000 m.t./year and 10,000 m.t./year of xanthan gum, subject to further engineering studies. The output will be used in oilfield application markets within and without Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia National Oil Co. and Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, will be the joint...

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