Saudi Aramco, SABIC select Yanbu as site for new industrial complex

Gas is flared off at Saudi Aramco’s Shaybah oilfield in the Empty Quarter. (Reuters)
Updated 11 November 2018
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Saudi Aramco, SABIC select Yanbu as site for new industrial complex

  • Yanbu will be the site of an integrated industrial complex tasked with converting crude oil to chemicals
  • Complex is expected to process 400,000 bpd of crude oil, which will produce around 9 million tons of chemicals and base oils annually

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. said on Thursday that Yanbu will be the site for an integrated industrial complex they plan to build to convert crude oil to chemicals.
The complex, located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, is expected to process 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil, which will produce around 9 million tons of chemicals and base oils annually. It is expected to start operations in 2025, the two companies said in a statement.


American Airlines ‘unaware’ of some Boeing 737 MAX functions until last week

Updated 15 November 2018
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American Airlines ‘unaware’ of some Boeing 737 MAX functions until last week

  • The FAA and Boeing are evaluating the need for software or design changes to 737 MAX jets
  • ‘Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing’

WASHINGTON: American Airlines Group Inc. said on Wednesday it was “unaware” of some functions of an anti-stall system on Boeing Co’s 737 MAX until last week.
Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued guidance on the system last week after a Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board.
The FAA warned airlines last week that erroneous inputs from the system’s sensors could lead the jet to automatically pitch its nose down even when autopilot is turned off, making it difficult for pilots to control.
The system was designed to prevent the jet from stalling, according to information provided by Boeing to airlines.
“We value our partnership with Boeing, but were unaware of some of the functionality of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) installed on the MAX 8,” an American Airlines spokesman said.
“We must ensure that our pilots are fully trained on procedures and understand key systems on the aircraft they fly.”
Indonesian investigators said on Monday the situation the crew of a doomed Lion Air jet was believed to have faced was not contained in the aircraft’s flight manual. US pilot unions were also not aware of potential risks, pilot unions said.
The FAA and Boeing are evaluating the need for software or design changes to 737 MAX jets in the wake of the Lion Air crash, the regulator said on Tuesday.
The American Airlines spokesman said his airline was continuing to work with Boeing and the FAA and would keep pilots informed of any updates.
A Boeing spokeswoman said the manufacturer could not discuss specifics of an ongoing investigation but it had provided two updates for operators around the world that re-emphasize existing procedures to deal with situations relating to MCAS.
“We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX,” she said. “Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing.”