(EnergyAsia, March 31) — The Shaw Group Inc said its Shaw Stone & Webster, Inc unit has been selected by Aramco Overseas Company and Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd to provide a special petrochemical technology for Saudi Aramco’s Rabigh petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia. The Deep Catalytic Cracking (DCC) technology for a grassroots High Olefin Fluid Catalytic Cracking (HOFCC) was originally developed by the Research Institute of Petroleum Processing and China’s Sinopec.


The technology is used in the production of propylene and ethylene. Shaw’s Stone & Webster unit is the only licensed provider of DCC technology outside of China.

J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Shaw’s chairman and CEO, said: “We are pleased that Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo have selected Shaw and DCC technology as the cornerstone for their $4.3 billion grassroots Rabigh refining and petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia.


We believe that DCC technology is the best solution for producing ethylene and propylene from vacuum gas oils, from both a cost and product efficiency standpoint. We look forward to furthering our strategic relationship with these highly respected clients.”

Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical have signed a memorandum of understanding for the Rabigh upgrade and expansion project. This project represents Saudi Aramco’s first venture in petrochemical processing. The Saudi Aramco-Sumitomo Rabigh project will be a fully integrated petrochemical refinery with HOFCC producing 900,000 tons per year of propylene and 1,300,000 tons per year ethylene.


Aramco Overseas Company is a division of Saudi Aramco, the national oil and gas company of Saudi Arabia. Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. is one of Japan’s largest chemical companies with approximately one-third of its sales from petrochemical products such as polyethylene, polypropylene, elastomers and styrene monomer. Sumitomo’s diverse product range also extends to IT-related chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemical, and basic industrial chemicals such as caustic soda and methanol.


The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation, and facilities management services for energy, process, power, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets.