New site director for SABIC

SABIC has appointed Daren Smith as its Teesside site director as the global petrochemical firm builds on the major investment to its iconic Olefins 6 plant.

Smith joined SABIC from Huntsman where he was project manager before moving on to other positions in SABIC including senior maintenance manager, EHSS director and technical director before being appointed site director.

Smith has a degree in mechanical engineering from Teesside University, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

He has also held project management roles for Arizona Chemicals and Foster Wheeler Energy, which involved extensive travel across Europe, America and an assignment in Thailand.

Smith, who lives in Darlington, was appointed as SABIC’s acting site director in May 2017 when his predecessor, John Bruijnooge, was seconded to another assignment within the company.

SABIC recently undertook a multi-million pound investment in its iconic ‘Cracker’ plant at Wilton.

The project has enabled SABIC to process ethane gas imported from the USA as an alternative, competitively priced raw material to liquid feedstocks. The project secured the future of the site for the next decade and beyond.

SABIC employs more than 630 employees across its Wilton and North Tees sites along with 400 contractors and brings £400m into the local economy through payroll, goods, services and utilities.


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