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Saudi Aramco mulling new ethylene, aromatics unit in US Gulf Coast

HOUSTON, April 9, 2018 (PCW) –- Saudi Aramco’s US subsidiary Motiva Enterprises announced Saturday the company was studying a mixed-feed ethylene plant and aromatics unit at location along the Gulf Coast.

Motiva signed memorandums of understanding with TechnipFMC and Honeywell UOP, respectively, to study potential petrochemical projects utilizing each companies’ technology.

The first MOU will enable Motiva to evaluate the use of TechnipFMC’s world scale mixed-feed ethylene production technologies, while the second will allow the company to examine the use of Honeywell UOP’s world scale aromatics extraction and production technologies for benzene and paraxylene.

Final investment decisions are expected in 2019.

Motiva owns and operates the US’ largest refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. It is expected that the new units would be located at the facility. -- Samantha Hartke

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