UAE. The Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) has released its 2011 annual report showing the GCC sector continuing to strengthen its position globally.
Regional petrochemicals production capacity grew 13.5% per cent last year, according to the report, to nearly 116 million tons, up from 102 million tons in 2010, on the back of further expansion of manufacturing facilities.
Saudi Arabia alone accounted for more than half of the US$100 billion in sales generated by the GCC petrochemicals sector, with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation posting total revenues in 2011 of US$50.64 billion and a net profit of US$7.8 billion.
The GPCA annual report provides a comprehensive overview of the major sector developments in each of the Gulf states.
The report also describes 2011 as a year of consolidation after the demand slump caused by the 2008 economic downturn, with the industry recording sales and revenue growth and notable progress in the development of new projects.
“Continued investment and a cluster of significant new agreements demonstrate the leading role the GCC petrochemicals sector is now playing worldwide,” said Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General of the GPCA. “The GPCA is pleased to announce this market growth and to recognize the contribution of every industry player across the region.”
He added: “We are optimistic about 2012, despite the gloomy economic forecast in European and overseas markets, due to the continued focus on technology, innovation and long-term partnerships.”
One of the most significant projects announced last year was Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Company signed in October 2011, which will develop 26 manufacturing units specializing in polyurethanes and other high-performance polymers.
Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, Borouge, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Borealis, awarded a number of large contracts in 2011 to expand its Borouge 3 petrochemicals complex, including a US$111 million building infrastructure contract to Alpine Deutschland AG, and a US$169 million deal to Hyundai to build a cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) unit.
When fully operational in mid-2014, the Ruwais-located Borouge 3 site will more than double the joint venture’s existing output, increasing Borouge’s total capacity to 4.5 million tons and create the largest integrated single-site polyolefins complex in the world.
Dr. Al-Sadoun said: “The entry of industry leaders such as Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and SABIC into China through the signing of large-scale petrochemicals joint ventures is another positive trend for the GCC sector.”
The GPCA 2011 annual report is available at www.gpca.org.ae
About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is the voice of the industry in the region. Established as a non-profit organization in March 2006, it is the first trade association in the Gulf and the largest and most respected industry body representing the downstream sector in the Middle East.
Today, the association has 180 members from 28 countries, including the largest Arab world and multinational companies.
Committed to providing a regional forum where stakeholders from across the industry share insights, solutions and new ideas, the GPCA has six working committees – Plastics, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, Advocacy, and Responsible Care – and organizes five world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report and a regular industry newsletter, Insight.
Since its inception, the GPCA has raised the standard for industry-wide cooperation and continues to promote the region and its interests in the international policymaking sphere.
Additional information is available at www.gpca.org.ae