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27 February 2017

Japanese Company JGC Gulf International is to build a new facility within the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) to produce Urea Formaldehyde worth $ 8.8 million.

GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery and JGC Gulf International President Mr. Yuji Tanaka signed the agreement for the expansion under the guidance of the Company’s Board of Directors and its Chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Sharyan.

Members of the GPIC Executive Management, Labour Union Deputy Chairman and officials of both Companies were present on the occasion.

In a statement, Dr. Jawahery said the agreement has been signed to implement the Board directives for expansion projects that would increase the Company's production and maximise profits. He said the important new project would contribute to securing the GPIC’s needs of raw materials and chemicals necessary for its main manufacturing process.

Dr. Jawahery paid tribute to the Japanese Company’s long experience in the implementation and construction of chemical plants and said it has commissioned projects all over the world, including in Bahrain and other parts of the Gulf region.

Dr. Jawahery said the new plant would manufacture Urea Formaldehyde, a necessary and key component in the production and manufacture of urea granules. He said GPIC now imports this from other countries.

Dr. Jawahery said the new plant would have several positive effects and would run at low cost to produce the critical raw material needed for urea manufacture. This, he said, would be far lower as compared with other companies producing the same material.

Dr. Jawahery said this is another step towards GPIC’s self-sufficiency, in addition to other steps related to safety and the environment. He said since the raw material would now be produced in-house, it would take care of many aspects of the environment and safety that had to be taken care of when the material was imported in trucks.

Dr. Jawahery also explained that according to the direction of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Wife of His Majesty the King, President of the Supreme Council for Women, in assigning the Bahraini Women Day 2017 theme dedicated to the Bahraini women engineers, and in response to the Board of Directors directives to provide women employees opportunities to highlight the Bahraini Women engineers capabilities, GPIC female engineers are included in executing the upcoming project.

Dr. Jawahery expressed the hope that GPIC would continue to expand and maintain its competitiveness with a number of profitable ventures. This, he said, would enhance the Company's status as one of the largest and most-respected industrial companies in the region and globally.

He said it is expected that the new facility would produce 22 metric tons per day of Urea Formaldehyde. The plant will use the latest and environmentally safe technologies designed by Danish Company Haldor Topsoe.

The entire project would take 18 months and actual production is expected by the third quarter of next year.