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Sipchem and Hanwha begin trial runs at EVA-LDPE plant at Al Jubail

9:29 AM MDT | August 4, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem; Al Khubar) announced today that its International Polymers Co. (IPC) affiliate has begun trial runs of its the ethylene vinyl acetates (EVA) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) manufacturing facilities at Al Jubail. Sipchem owns 75% of IPC, and Hanwha Chemical (Seoul) has the rest. The plant, the first of its type in the Mideast, is designed to produce 200,000 m.t./year of EVA-LDPE. Its investment cost has been put at 3 billion Saudi riyals ($800.0 million). Jubail United Petrochemical Co., a Sabic subsidiary...

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