With two big domestic petchems complexes operating, Aramco has ambitious plans which could expand its internationl chemicals capacity more than fivefold.

The Petro Rabigh JV of state oil giant Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo has achieved on-spec output from the two final units of its Rabigh-2 expansion project: an aromatics unit and an ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) unit.

The plant will have capacity to produce 2.57mn t/y of a range of chemicals, including 1.34mn t/y paraxylene...