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Study #2125 January 2007

$5500 431 Pages

World Catalysts

Industry Study with Forecasts to 2010 & 2015

Sample Profile, Table & Forecast

TABLE VIII-18

SAUDI ARABIA CATALYST DEMAND (million dollars)

Item

1995 2000 2005 2010 2015

Gross Domestic Product (bil 2000$) metric tons catalyst/bil $ GDP

2

23

42

2.7

Catalyst Demand (000 metric tons)

35

OTHER REgIONS

Saudi Arabia: Catalyst Demand Saudi Arabia is a major producer of crude petroleum

years has moved ag with related downst petroleum products in Saudi Arabia, uti nations in the regio reforming capacity, small. Saudi Arabia

SamPLE TExT

s crude oi trochemic ven petro echnologi ant catalyt he total th roprocessin

$/metric ton

Catalyst Demand Refining Catalysts Polymerization Catalysts Chemical Synthesis Catalysts

% Saudi Arabia Africa/Mideast Catalyst Demand

,

50

SamPLE TabLE

00

75 90 35 50

20

7.4

2

70

most of the country’s oil is sour -- that is, it contains high levels of sulfur that must be removed before the distillates can be upgraded to more valuable motor fuels for the export market.

SABIC is a state-owned conglomerate engaged in the production of petrochemicals and polymers. SABIC has led the way in expanding polymer production capacity, either through its own facilities or joint ventures. Many of the new facilities will use advanced catalyst technol- ogy from foreign companies, though SABIC is actively developing its own chemical, polymer and refining technologies.

Closely related to the expansion of polymer production has been the growth in petrochemicals and petrochemical derivatives, as they rely upon the same raw materials. Again much of the technology is being sourced from foreign countries, particularly because the chemicals being produced are made using well-established processes that have already been extensively optimized. For example, Haldor Topsoe has a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to supply Topsoe’s two-step reform- ing technology for a new world-scale methanol plant in Al-jubail, Saudi Arabia. The methanol plant is being built by AR-RAZI, a 50/50 joint venture between SABIC and a Japanese consortium led by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical.

“Catalyst demand in Saudi Arabia will advance at a rapid 8.9 percent annual pace to $230 million, or 25,000 metric tons, in 2010. The strongest gains -- nearly twelve percent per year -- will be in ...”

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