Sabic, Linde Commercialize Linear Alpha Olefins

30 Nov 2009 • by Natalie Aster

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and German-based The Linde Group announced Wednesday the first successful commercialization of Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO), using α-SABLIN technology developed jointly by SABIC and Linde.

Discussions began in 1998 between SABIC and Linde for the development of technologies and plant capacity to produce LAO. In July 2004 SABIC's manufacturing affiliate Jubail United Petrochemical Company (UNITED) awarded the contract to Linde for engineering, procurement and construction of the 150,000-metric-tons-per-year plant at Jubail on the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia.

The UNITED project was carried out by Linde's subsidiary, Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH, Germany, in close cooperation with Linde Engineering in Pullach, Germany and SABIC's Technology and Innovation organization.

A performance test run proved the commercial capability of the facility in May 2009 and UNITED accepted the results in July 2009.

"This first commercialization of LAOs at Jubail is very much in keeping with SABIC's continuous search for innovative technologies that can be employed to bring new and better product solutions to the marketplace," said Abdulrahman Al-Ubaid, SABIC's Vice-President Technology and Innovation.

"The commercialization of this technology is a big success for SABIC and Linde by using this technology in new commercial solutions and applications in global markets. The α SABLIN process is the first and only commercially proven LAO technology which is available for licensing to third parties," said Markus Raab, Managing Director of Linde's Engineering Division.

The α SABLIN manufacturing process uses ethylene as a feedstock for a one-stage homogeneous reaction that produces a full range of high-purity LAOs. LAOs have a large variety of applications, such as light-cut production of Butene-1, Hexene-1 and Octene-1 used in the growing polyethylene market. Medium cuts such as Decene-1, Dodecene-1 and Tetradecene-1 are used for synthetic oils, detergents and shampoos. Heavy cuts are used in lube oil additives, surfactants, oil field chemicals and wax product applications.

Source: Pudaily

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