SABIC, Linde Launch α‑olefins Technology | December 7, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 49 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 49 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 7, 2009

SABIC, Linde Launch α‑olefins Technology

Department: Business
Keywords: α-olefins, Saudi Arabia, licensing

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and Linde have started up a linear α-olefin (LAO) plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, that uses technology jointly developed by the two firms. The plant has capacity for 150,000 metric tons per year of LAOs ranging from butene to tetradecene. Markus Raab, managing director of Linde’s engineering division, calls the new LAO process, dubbed α-Sablin, the “only commercially proven LAO technology that is available for licensing to third parties.”

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