Horizon Terminals (HTL), the terminals arm of Dubai’s ENOC Group, and front-end contractors Rotary Arabia have completed the construction of important pipeline and tank infrastructure in Saudi Arabia’s Western Province.
The project included building four new pipelines from Farabi Petrochemicals’ Yanbu facility on the Red Sea coast to storage tanks at Arabtank Terminal, HTL’s 288,100 m3 Saudi Arabian terminal, as well as the associated pumps lines and export lines. The facilities are all highly automated, in line with HTL’s strategy. Four of the 26 tanks at Arabtank Terminal have bee revamped, and two additional pipelines were built from the terminal to Berth 21 at the Port of King Fahad Yanbu.
Around 60-70% of the output of Farabi’s Yanbu facility is linear alkyl benzene (LAB) and normal paraffins (NPN), with the remaining 30-40% being derivatives. Farabi aims to become the world leader in LAB production, and the new facilities are designed to help it realise its ambition. It currently mainly supplies the domestic market, and the new pipelines will enable the faster and more efficient transportation of its products to the Port of King Fahad Yanbu to export NPN and LAB to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) area, Europe and Asia.
“The GCC chemical industry today is predominantly focussed on petrochemicals which make up 72% of its total production, with Saudi Arabia being the leading producer in the region, accounting for 68.2% of total chemical output. Our expansion into the Kingdom comes at a time when the regional market is poised to step up overseas production capacity by 7.6%. This strategic alliance with Rotary Arabia to boost transportation capacity also reflects ENOC’s regional growth plans in strengthening our terminalling footprint, while contributing to the Kingdom’s overall energy sector growth,’ says His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC.