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Jacobs to build Al Rajhi Benzene Plant in Saudi Arabia

Mar '07
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc announced that they received a contract from Al Rajhi Petrochemical Group to provide front-end engineering services for a $50 million benzene recovery plant at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Officials did not disclose the contract value for this facility which is scheduled for commissioning at the end of 2008.

The project scope has the potential to develop into engineering, procurement, and construction management services.

The new facility will produce approximately 15,000 metric tons per annum (mt/y) of benzene and 2,500 mt/y of toluene using extractive distillation technology. Once on stream, the new benzene recovery unit will provide 50 percent of the feedstock to Al Rajhi's existing linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant to meet the growing worldwide demand for this synthetic detergent component.

Jacobs is executing the work from their offices in Reading, United Kingdom, and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Walt Barber said, "We are very proud to have been chosen for this important project. We look forward to working with Al Rajhi Petrochemical Group, and their affiliate company Gulf Farabi Petrochemicals Ltd., to complete this project and to develop a long-term relationship for future projects in Saudi Arabia.

Jacobs, with over 45,000 employees and revenues approaching $8.0 billion, provides technical, professional, and construction services globally.

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