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Sipchem Starts up Huge CO Plant at Al Jubail

2:15 AM MDT | August 24, 2009 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem; Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia) has started initial operation at its carbon monoxide (CO) plant at Al Jubail. The unit, designed to produce 345,000 m.t./year of CO, is the world's largest such facility. It forms part of Sipchem's acetyl's complex, the second phase of the company's development program. Sipchem has also begun the process of commissioning its 430,000 m.t./year acetic acid plant and 330,000 m.t./year vinyl acetate monomer unit. The complex is expected onstream in the fourth quarter of 2009. The CO...

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