Powerful Partnerships: Sadara and SATORP

Saudi Aramco acting president and CEO Amin H. Nasser visited joint ventures Sadara (Sadara Chemical Company) and SATORP (Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemicals Company) at Jubail Industrial City to check on their progress of the downstream projects. The two site visits reinforced the company’s partnerships with The Dow Chemical Company, Saudi Aramco’s partner in Sadara; and with France’s Total SA, Saudi Aramco’s partner in SATORP. Sadara Sadara, Saudi Aramco’s joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company, is on track to begin operations in the second half of 2015. Construction of the multi-billion dollar project — the world’s largest chemical complex built in a single phase — is more than 94% complete as of May 2015, with teams to ensure that all timelines are achieved, including that for “first products.” The megaproject has 26 world-scale manufacturing plants and will introduce 14 new technologies to Saudi Arabia and the first naphtha cracker in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Sadara’s safety record during planning and construction is impressive with nearly 1 million man-hours of planning, 9 million man-hours of engineering and 370 million man-hours of construction completed while maintaining a total recordable incident rate safety record of 0.036. Sadara is set to create thousands of direct jobs at the complex and the adjacent PlasChem Park, advanced products for consumers in emerging markets, new value chains taking the Kingdom’s chemicals industry beyond commodities and new specialty chemical plants and downstream businesses that result in thousands of indirect job opportunities. “Sadara won’t just grow manufacturing — it will grow technology,” said Nasser. “The multiplier effect will be nothing short of transformational.” SATORP SATORP, the Saudi Aramco joint venture with France’s Total SA, is a world-class complex refinery. As the seventh most complex refinery in the world, SATORP is capable of converting 400,000 bpd of Arabian Heavy crude oil into low-sulfur gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. In addition to naphtha and clean gasoline, SATORP also produces more than 1 million tons per year of paraxylene, benzene and propylene, as well as petroleum coke. With 80% of project construction executed by Saudi subcontractors from various disciplines, and an overall Saudization rate of 64.4%, SATORP “is a pacesetter for Saudi participation,” Nasser said. SATORP has also reached a milestone of one full year of operations with no lost time injuries. “With more than 5 million safe man-hours and best-in-class recordables, SATORP has demonstrated that safety is ingrained in the culture here,” said Nasser. Nasser was accompanied on the visit by Abdulrahman F. Al Wuhaib, senior vice president of Downstream, Warren W. Wilder, vice president of Chemicals, and Ahmed A. Al Subaey, executive director of Marketing Supply and Joint Venture Coordination.