A major SABIC project will secure the long-term future of the firm’s Teesside business and will safeguard thousands of local jobs, says new Teesside site director John Bruijnooge.
Bruijnooge says the major work to upgrade SABIC’s Olefins Cracker at Wilton has created hundreds of construction jobs and will safeguard thousands more across Teesside, and secure the long-term future of the Teesside business.
SABIC is converting its massive Olefins plant to take US shale gas, which is far cheaper than naphtha, the raw material that is currently used by the firm to produce the chemical building blocks for everyday items.
Work is also underway to complete the build of a cryogenic tank at the company’s North Tees site, between Port Clarence and Seaton Carew, as part of an import terminal for the project. Phase one of the Gas Cracking Project will be completed in 2016.
Bruijnooge, who is based at SABIC’s UK manufacturing HQ in the Wilton Centre, said: “After a series of years of restructuring and downsizing, SABIC is now reinvesting to secure the long term life of its assets.
“With our new shale gas feedstock, we will be well positioned to face competition when the oil price rises again.”
SABIC employs in the region of 600 staff and an additional 400 contractors at its Wilton and North Tees sites, bringing a total of about £400m into the local economy from payroll, goods and services, and utilities.
SABIC also underpins the Teesside logistics economy as it is a key customer of a number of significant and internationally owned utility, logistical and infrastructure companies who support the local chemical industry.
Bruijnooge, 49, who is originally from Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands, added: “SABIC is recognised as a leading employer in the Teesside area.
“I am delighted to be heading up a team that has a reputation for innovation and industrial excellence.”
He joined SABIC in 1996 as a maintenance productivity engineer, before moving on to other positions, including maintenance leader, PPO Plant Manager, Technical Department Leader and Chemical Operations Leader.
He was appointed to the role of Director Polycarbonate and Pacific Core Assets, based at SABIC’s Beijing site, in China in 2013. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, while also holding a Masters degree in Maintenance and Safety Management.