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The company operates from one of the world's largest and most competitive petrochemical complexes in the Al Jubail industrial zone on Saudi Arabia's eastern coast. Sadaf produces some 4.7 million tonnes of building-block petrochemicals a year, primarily sold to customers in Asia Pacific.


Product Capacity metric tonnes per annum Applications
Ethylene 1,100,000 Ethylene derivatives, such as polyethylene
Crude industrial ethanol (CIE) 300,000 Solvent and chemical intermediates
Ethylene dichloride (EDC) 840,000 Vinyl chloride monomer and polyvinyl chloride
Caustic soda (CA) 670,000 Alumina
Styrene monomer (SM) 1,100,000 Polystyrene and ABS
Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)1 700,000 Gasoline additives as an alternative to lead

1Sold by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)


Product stewardship summaries, which give general information about the chemicals concerned, are available for a number of our products. They can be accessed via the Shell Chemicals website.

In addition to financial investment, Shell's contribution has been to provide technology along with technical, managerial and marketing know-how. SABIC has provided financial investment, competitive feedstock and local expertise. Together, Shell and SABIC have also recruited and developed a skilled workforce, the great majority of whom are Saudi nationals.

Sadaf is both an ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 compliant company. For more information, please contact: Shell Chemicals (Middle East)

PO Box 307



Telephone: +971 4 331 6500

Fax: +971 4 332 1597

Email: SCUAE@shell.com