Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the largest non-oil industrial company in the Middle East, has placed an order with Alfa Laval, Lund, Sweden, for plate heat exchangers intended for the Yanbu National Petrochemical Co., Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The order has a total value of about SEK 230 million (~US $30 million). Delivery will take place during 2007.

The new petrochemicals facility will have an annual production capacity of 3.8 million tons of ethylene, ethylene glycol, polyethylene and polypropylene products. The plate heat exchangers will form part of a central cooling system, where fresh water in a closed loop provides cooling for the various process plants. The fresh water in turn is cooled in the plate heat exchangers using seawater.