SABIC and Vopak Sell Minority Stake in Chemtank Jubail Storage terminal JV
11.16.2020 By Greta Talmaci - NEWS

November 16, 2020 [MRCPlast] – SABIC and Vopak Holding Terminals BV have signed an agreement with the Jubail and Yanbu Industrial Cities Company (JYIC), owned by the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY), reported Chemweek.

Under the agreement, JYIC will become a 20 percent stake partner in Jubail Chemical Storage and Services Company (Chemtank).

The agreement aims to strengthen strategic integration among the three parties to scale up collaboration between local and international organizations. The deal will help achieve the goals of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, a key part of Saudi Vision 2030.

Abdullah Al-Saadan, president of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, said that JYIC enables the commission to make optimal use of its assets and achieve sustainability and efficiency.

“It invests in the development of the industrial investor logistical services sector, which plays an active logistical role in serving industries, especially petrochemicals. This will help create an attractive environment and enhance the capabilities of the business sector,” he said.

Yousef Al-Benyan, vice-chairman and CEO of SABIC, said the agreement builds on the historical partnership between SABIC and RCJY.

“It is an extension of our continuous coordination in support of the industrial sector in the Kingdom to create an appropriate environment to lay the foundation for future investment,” he said.

Al-Benyan praised the contribution of Vopak as a global player in the field.

Eelco Hoekstra, CEO of Royal Vopak, said: “The entry of JYIC cements a partnership in which the Royal Commission, SABIC and Vopak have jointly collaborated over the past 20 years to create a world-class supply chain infrastructure in Jubail and Yanbu. This sets a great platform to deliver further growth and efficiency in the Kingdom.”

We remind that, as MRC wrote before, SABIC Europe declared a force majeure on its low density polyethylene (LDPE) supplies from Wilton, the UK on November 3. The company had shut its LDPE plant for a maintenance work in the first half of October. The Wilton unit is able to produce 400,000 tons/year of LDPE.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, September estimated LDPE consumption in Russia fell to 23,930 tonnes from 47,610 tonnes a month earlier. Russian producers reduced their domestic LDPE shipments due to shutdowns for maintenance at production capacities in Ufa, Tomsk and Kazan. Russia’s estimated LDPE consumption totalled about 406,500 tonnes in January-September 2020, which virtually corresponded to the last year’s figure.

SABIC is a global diversified chemical company headquartered in Riyadh. The company manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, producing different kinds of products including chemicals, commodities, high-performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals. The company supports customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electronics, transportation and clean energy. Production in 2019 measured 72.6 million metric tons. SABIC has more than 33,000 employees worldwide and operates in about 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 12,540 global patent filings and has significant research resources, with innovation hubs in five key regions – the US, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.

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