The Linear Alkyl Benzene project is the first to be advanced under ADNOC's $45 bn Ruwais downstream investment program
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and its project partner Cepsa, have announced the awarding of a key contract, as both companies move forward with plans to develop a world-scale chemicals plant in the Ruwais Derivatives Park.
The Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) project is the first of the derivative units to be advanced under ADNOC’s AED165 billion ($45 billion) Ruwais downstream investment program.
The companies said the front end engineering design (FEED) contract has been awarded to Técnicas Reunidas, a Spanish-based engineering company which has been active in the UAE since 2006.
When it comes on stream, the plant will produce 225,000 metric tons per annum (MTPA) of normal paraffins and 150,000 MTPA of LAB.
ADNOC Refining & Petrochemicals Business Unit manager Abdulla Ateya Al Messabi said: “The LAB plant will be a key component of ADNOC’s plans to develop a new, large-scale, manufacturing ecosystem in Ruwais through the creation of the Ruwais Derivatives Park.
"The park will act as a prime catalyst for the next stage of ADNOC’s petrochemical transformation by inviting partners to invest and produce new products and solutions from the growing range of feedstocks that are available in Ruwais.”
LAB is the most common raw material in the manufacture of biodegradable household and industrial detergents. It is also used in house cleaners, fabric softeners and soap bars.
Alongside the Ruwais Derivatives Park, ADNOC also plans to develop the Ruwais Conversion Park that will spur new business creation even further down the petrochemical value chain.
Across both parks, in addition to supplying feedstocks, ADNOC said it will make available developed land, infrastructure, utilities and shared services at attractive rates to partners.
The LAB FEED contract is the third ADNOC contract to Técnicas Reunidas this year.