SHIFTING TRENDS IN THE GCC
O 2 MEASUREMENTS
The petrochemicals industry in the Gulf Co-operation Council
(GCC) region contributes significantly towards regional industrial
and manufacturing growth. THE ACCURATE MEASUREMENT OF PROCESS OXYGEN (O 2 ) IS KEY TO MANY HP
PROCESSES. SERVOMEX OFFERS A STABLE, RAPID, LASER-BASED SOLUTION.
Until recently, ethane feedstock subsidies by GCC governments
gave companies in the region a competitive edge. While oil
prices were high, ethane was cheaper than the naphtha used
predominantly elsewhere, and the subsidies kept prices constant. The SERVOTOUGH Laser 3 Plus Process
is a compact Tunable Diode Laser (TDL)
analyzer specifically optimized for fast-
response measurement of process O 2 .
However, following the 2014-15 slump in oil prices, and the
resulting decline in the cost of feedstock naphtha, the GCC
region faced increased competition from leading firms in the US
and Europe. Designed for in-situ, cross-stack
measurements, it uses the latest
Wavelength Modulated Spectroscopy
measurement techniques and unique
Servomex signal processing to monitor O 2
in multiple gas backgrounds.
Despite this, GCC nations have started to invest in the development
of large-scale integrated plants domestically and abroad, in order
to diversify their product offering and compete globally. To meet
these changing market demands, petrochemical companies in the
region are switching focus towards high value products.
Most GCC petrochemical companies are
wholly or partly state-owned. Saudi Basic
Industries Corporation (SABIC) is one of
the major producers of petrochemicals
globally. Others include Kuwait's
Petrochemicals Industries Company (KIPIC),
the Qatar Petrochemical Company and
the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
(ADNOC) in the UAE.
Saudi Arabia is the major producer of
petrochemicals in the region.
Sadara Chemical Company, a joint
venture between SABIC and the US’s Dow
Chemical, is bringing high-value products
such as isocyanates and polyols to the
market for the first time in Saudi Arabia.
Easy to install, configure and calibrate by
just one person, the Laser 3 Plus uses a
mounting assembly for multi-directional
A COMPACT SOLUTION
adjustment, ensuring precision alignment
from the outset. When combined with
the quick-release mechanism, it is easy to
achieve fast, accurate reinstallation after
maintenance, without the need
The Laser 3 Plus uses line lock cuvette
technology to ensure gas measurements
that are reliable to SIL 2 levels, a clear
advantage to safety systems.
Thanks to a cuvette filled with the target
gas, the secondary detector always has a
known target gas to sense. This enables
The stability and reliability of this system
provides measurement confidence
in applications where incorrect
measurements may affect safety or lead
to heavy fines for non-compliance.
Flare gas monitoring
Combustion control (<500 o C)
Coal to chemical
ADNOC is creating the world's largest
integrated refining and chemicals site
in Ruwais (UAE), expecting to triple
the current output of petrochemicals
products annually by 2025.
GCC petrochemicals companies are also
looking at investment opportunities in
other markets, especially in China and India.
• ADNOC, as part of its 2030 growth
strategy, is planning to make investments
abroad in downstream industries such as
fertilizers and petrochemicals through
• In April 2018 Saudi Aramco signed a
deal to invest in a refinery and
petrochemicals complex, that it will
develop with three Indian companies in
the Indian state of Maharashtra.
The line lock system requires no
maintenance and has built-in diagnostics
that monitor the concentration within
The Laser 3 Plus offers high performance in a design smaller than many traditional TDL analyzers.
The KIPIC complex includes three mega-
projects: the Al Zour oil refinery, a
liquefied natural gas import facility, and a
• In 2017 SABIC signed a co-operative
agreement with China's Sinopec to
explore joint-venture petrochemicals
projects in both countries.
the main detector to remain “locked” in
position, giving an accurate measurement
of the gas, even if that measurement
GCC member states
See how the Laser 3 Plus Process supports O 2 analysis at the flare stack: page 11
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