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Nuberg EPC awarded $53 million Chloralkali and Calcium Chloride project

Nuberg EPC has been awarded a $53 million turnkey project contract by Middle East Chemicals Company Ltd. (Midchem), Saudi Arabia.

The exclusive agreement covers EPC and LSTK services and solutions for chloralkali plant and calcium chloride plant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and will be executed for Saudi Factory for Chlorine and Alkalies (SACHLO), Midchem’s group company. The production capacity will be 60 TPD for chloralkali plant which is an expansion of its previous plant of 60 TPD making it a total of 120 TPD, and 150 TPD for calcium chloride plant.

SACHLO is one of the largest manufacturers of chloralkali and chlorine derivatives in Saudi Arabia. With its unique industry-leading research and development expertise, the company is the leader of delivering differentiated solutions addressing market needs. Chemicals produced in the facility will serve the needs of downstream and petrochemical, hydrocarbon and energy industry in the domestic Saudi market as well as the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

The chemical project is Midchem's second alliance with Nuberg EPC after successful commissioning of its 60 TPD greenfield chloralkali plant designed and delivered for SACHLO in 2012. Being its fifth turnkey project in Saudi Arabia and second, from Midchem, the project is a testimony of Nuberg’s global expertise in project management capabilities, engineering services, international quality construction and on-time project delivery. This association firmly establishes Nuberg EPC’s world-class and well-recognised credentials for EPC projects in Saudi Arabia. Nuberg EPC is also executing three other projects in Saudi Arabia which include anisole plant and sulphuric acid plant for ADDAR Industries and sulpholane chemical plant for Global Company for Chemical Industries in Jubail industrial city.

Nuberg EPC’s scope of services for this project includes process, technology know-how, basic and detailed engineering, design, procurement, manufacture and supply of plant equipment including complete erection, construction, project management, commissioning and start-up of the plant.

The agreement was penned down in MidChem’s office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where A.K Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director of Nuberg, Dr Ibrahim Bin Aldubabe, President, Middle East Chemicals Ltd and dignitaries from both companies were present.

Mr Tyagi said, “Saudi Arabia is an important market for us and it continues to offer good opportunities. The project is strategic as it will help expand our chloralkali and chlorine derivative portfolio in the Saudi market and demonstrate our world-class credentials in executing turnkey projects from concept development to commissioning. As a global EPC company, delivering values for 25 years, we are delighted to provide our best-in-class services and solutions for this exciting second project with Midchem.”

The chloralkali plant will deploy bipolar membrane cell technology provided by Inovyn (erstwhile INEOS technologies), technology licensor for the expansion plant. Inovyn which is a UK based technology supplier with over 50 years of experience has previously collaborated with Nuberg EPC for Midchem’s 60 TPD chloralkali plant commissioned in 2012. Other than this, Nuberg EPC and Innovyn have partnered and delivered chloralkali plants for Inovyn in Sweden, Tasnim Chemical Complex in Bangladesh, Fluoder in Paraguay, SARL SASKO in Algeria, Egyptian Petrochemical Company in Egypt and Global Heavy Chemicals in Bangladesh.

For calcium chloride plant, Nuberg EPC will partner with one of the world-renowned technology licensors having the technology for making calcium chloride flakes with 77-80 % and 94-96% concentration.