Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (KEMYA)


KEMYA is a 50/50 joint venture between SABIC and Exxon Chemical Arabia, Inc., an ExxonMobil affiliate. The joint venture was established in 1980, and produces ethylene, propylene, low density polyethylene and linear low density polyethylene. With the initial production commencing in 1984, KEMYA was one of Saudi Arabia’s initial polyethylene producers.

KEMYA is located in Al-Jubail, 70 kilometers north of Dammam on the east coast of the Kingdom. The site has the capacity to produce about 700,000 tonnes per year of ethylene, and over 1.1 m.t. of polyethylene and serves the domestic, regional and global markets.

On October 13, 2012, KEMYA recorded the completion of more than 23 million work hours and 20 years without a Lost Time Incident (LTI) for employees.

KEMYA employs almost 600 people, over 90% of whom are Saudi nationals. To retain the highly-qualified Saudi workforce at KEMYA and help them to maximize their human and career potential, there is a comprehensive talent management program in place, to focus on employee professional and leadership development at this world-class industrial plant.

Environmental Compliance & Protection
Over the past decades, KEMYA has had an exemplary record of compliance to the environmental regulations of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu. The plant has a rigorous and sophisticated system for waste management, from production to safe disposal. KEMYA has consistently received the Environmental Award presented annually by the Local Regulatory Authority to the top three performers.


Saudi Elastomers Project (SEP)

SABIC and ExxonMobil have begun construction on a new, multibillion-dollar elastomers plant at KEMYA.  When this project comes on-line in 2015, the new synthetic rubber project will represent a significant broadening of KEMYA’s product portfolio.  

The Elastomers facility will have the capacity to produce about 400,000 t/y of synthetic rubber such as:

  • Butyl rubber
  • Polybutadiene and Styrene butadiene rubber
  • Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubbers
  • Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)
  • Carbon black

The fast expansion of the transportation activities in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region has created strong demand for synthetic rubber products.  This new world-scale project will help meet this ever-growing demand.

High Institute for Elastomer Industries (HIEI)
As part of the SEP, the HIEI was established as a world-class elastomer technology vocational training institute in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. With its first class of students having started in September 2012, HIEI's future Saudi technicians will help build the emerging elastomers industry.

A product Services Center was also created in Riyadh, to support local customers in the rubber conversion industry with technical service and new product development.