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IRAQ - The Arab Detergent Chemicals Co. (Aradet).

Based in Baiji, Aradet is a joint venture between the Iraqi government (32%), OAPEC's Al Khobar-based Apicorp (32%), Saudi Arabia's Petromin (10%), Petrochemical Industries Co. of Kuwait (10%), Jordan's Arab Mining Co. (10%) and AIC (6%).

Aradet built a plant at Baiji to produce 50,000 t/y of linear alkyl benzene (LAB) and 8,000 t/y of toluene, which came on stream in June 1987. Aradet was built at a cost of $95m by Technipetrol (Italy). Its plant got the UOP process. It was damaged in the 1991 war, but was repaired in April 1992.

Plants in Beiji have included one producing three grades of carbon black - GPF, FEF and SRF - with its feedstock being extract SAE from a 10,000 t/y plant on stream since mid-2000.

A second 12,000 t/y carbon black unit was built to use 25,000 t/y of decanted oil produced by a new FCC unit. A 30,000 t/y petroleum coke plant was built there as well. A 40,000 t/y LAB plant was to be expanded to 50,000 t/y by 2003.

Fertilisers plants in Iraq have had the capacity to produce 1.55m t/y of methane-based urea.

A detergent plant produces 50,000 t/y of alkyl benzene and BTX.
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Publication:APS Review Downstream Trends
Date:May 9, 2005
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