Saudi Ramp-Ups Boost Mideast Naphtha Exports, Despite Petchems Rise

The Sadara and Rabigh 2 petrochemicals projects, due online in Saudi Arabia in 2015 and 2016 respectively, will be the first in the Middle East to incorporate crackers processing naphtha rather than increasingly scarce ethane.

Nick Rados, chemical feedstocks director at consultant IHS, tells MEES that the Middle East will increasingly consume naphtha domestically as feedstock to produce ethylene,...