Saudi Butanol Co (SABUCO), a joint venture of local petrochemicals firms, has started commercial operations at its plant in Jubail, Reuters informed.

The plant will have a capacity of 330,000 tons a year of n-butanol, a type of alcohol used to make other chemicals, and 11,000 tons a year of iso-butanol. It is estimated to cost around $533m, according to Gulf News.

The project is owned by Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co, Sadara Chemical Co, which is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Co, and Saudi Acrylic Acid Co (SAAC). SAAC is an affiliate of National Industrialization Co (Tasnee) and Sahara Petrochemical Co.