SABIC JV begins TEA production to power plastics industry

Updated 10 July 2013
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SABIC JV begins TEA production to power plastics industry

Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Company (SOCC), a 50-50 joint venture between Saudi Specialty Chemicals Company, a manufacturing affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), and Albemarle Netherlands BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Albemarle Corporation, has started up its aluminum alkyls facility in Jubail. The facility will manufacture 6,000 tons annually of tri-ethyl aluminum (TEA), used as a co-catalyst in the plastics industry. An ultra-low hydride grade of TEA (TEA-ULH) will also be produced at the SOCC plant.
The new facility will have the ability to meet the growing needs for TEA and ULH-TEA in the region. TEA is a Ziegler Natta co-catalyst used in the plastics industry.
Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, said: "The SOCC start-up is yet another milestone in SABIC’s growth strategy in a highly competitive plastics market. We once again demonstrate our commitment to stimulate national economic growth, and build long-term relationships with our global customers."
Luke Kissam, CEO of Albemarle Corporation, expressed his company’s commitment to expand into the Middle East region. "Together with SABIC, we are bringing the production of our value-added products closer to the end-user. Successful expansions into high-growth regions such as Jubail also support our strategy for smart, sustainable growth."
Alfred Thomas Saurage, senior executive general manager, SOCC, said, "This state-of-the-art facility clearly demonstrates SOCC’s commitment to providing a dependable supply of these essential products to the Middle East. This is a great achievement for our team and a true testament to the power of collaboration."
The first batch of TEA, which was successfully completed in mid-April, met or exceeded all commercial specifications. There were no environmental or safety incidents incurred during the entire construction and start-up phase of the project.


Omani expat visa ban extended for certain professions

Updated 28 May 2018
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Omani expat visa ban extended for certain professions

DUBAI: Oman’s expat visa ban is being extended for six months and extra sectors have been introduced, national daily Times of Oman reported, citing the Ministry of Manpower.
The additional areas of work being placed on the ban include carpentry, metal, aluminum workshops, brick factories.
Professions already in the ban include sales, construction, cleaning and media.
“An update will be issued regarding this decision once the six-month period temporary ban is completed,” an official from the Ministry of Manpower said.
The Omanization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more Omani nationals, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of locals in employment.
Earlier this year a six-month visa ban on hiring expats was imposed across 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR.