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Sadara, world's largest mixed feed cracker, passes performance tests

LONDON, PARIS, HOUSTON, March 29, 2018 - TechnipFMC's (NYSE: FTI) (PARIS: FTI) technology and design are part of Sadara Chemical Company's 1500 KTA mixed feed cracker (MFC) in Saudi Arabia, which recently passed all performance tests. The tests confirm that the performance targets for the furnaces and recovery section have been met.

TechnipFMC's scope included the technology and front-end engineering design for the cracker and the design of the 12 furnaces. The furnaces are split between being designed to crack ethane (gas) and naphtha (liquid). A number of the furnaces were also designed to be able switch between gas and liquid feedstock, based on market demand.

The work was executed by the company's operating centers in Claremont, California, and Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. The two centers are part of TechnipFMC Process Technology, a global network of centers which look after the company's expanding portfolio of onshore process technologies in petrochemicals, refining, hydrogen and syngas, polymers, gas monetization and renewables.

The Sadara MFC is the only facility in Saudi Arabia with the flexibility to crack ethane/LPG and naphtha simultaneously. It is the heart of 26 world-scale manufacturing assets that were built for the Sadara Chemical Complex, the largest of its kind ever built in a single phase. Ethylene and propylene produced by the MFC are converted to a wide range of value-added plastics and specialty chemicals through Sadara's other manufacturing units.

Sadara Chemical Company is a joint venture that was developed by Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company. The more than 3 million metric tons of performance-focused products from the Sadara complex will add new value chains to the Kingdom's vast petroleum reserves, resulting in the diversification of the economy and region.