The Sadara JV of Saudi Aramco and US chemicals giant Dow has started up the cracker at the heart of its 3.2mn tons/year specialty chemicals and plastics plant under construction at Jubail on Saudi Arabia’s Gulf coast.

Sadara says the mixed feed cracker is the only one of its kind in Saudi Arabia and will allow Sadara to produce a diversified range of plastics and chemical products. The Sadara complex will comprise 26 manufacturing units, of which 14 will deliver chemicals produced in...