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| 25 September, 2017

Saudi Sadara starts region’s first TDI plant

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A plane flies over the top of electricity wires and a chimney billowing smoke in Beijing May 30, 2012.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A plane flies over the top of electricity wires and a chimney billowing smoke in Beijing May 30, 2012.

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Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), the largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, has announced the commercial start up of its toluene di isocyanate (TDI) facility. The production of commercial quantities of TDI marks the full commercial operation of all facilities in the Sadara complex.

Located in the company’s chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II, the TDI unit consists of three integrated units that will produce di nitro toluene (DNT), toluene di amine (TDA), and toluene di isocyanate (TDI).

Sadara CEO Ziad Al-Labban said: “Sadara has come a long way in the last six years, from the signing of the original agreement between our shareholders, Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company, to Sadara’s official inauguration last November by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, to today’s commercial operation of all plants at the Sadara complex. The petrochemical and chemical products from Sadara will further spur the Kingdom’s industrial growth across multiple sectors, including automotive, construction, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods.”

TDI is widely used in the production of furniture, mattresses and cushioning, as well as car seats. It also has a variety of industrial uses, such as the production of coatings, adhesives, sealants, specialty foams and other industrial products.
Sadara is a joint venture developed by Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company. Comprising 26 world-scale manufacturing units, the Sadara complex is the world’s largest to be built in a single phase and will be the first in the Middle East to use refinery liquids, such as naphtha, as feedstock.

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