Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC)

HQ address

P.O. Box 26730,
Rd 1401, Blk 614, Bldg 51,
Um Al-Baid,
Tel: +973 1 773 1777

Key contact names

Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President
Fadhel Al Ansari, General Manager Manufacturing

Annual turnover for 2015

US$293.7 million

Employee numbers

Total employed (2015): 555 (Middle East nationals [2015]: 435)

Key production facilities location

Sitra Island, Kingdom of Bahrain

Brief company profile

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) was established in December 1979 as a joint venture equally owned by National Oil & Gas Authority (Nogaholding Co.), Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), State of Kuwait, for the manufacture of fertilizers and petrochemicals.

GPIC uses natural gas as a feedstock for the production of ammonia, urea and methanol totaling 1.4m tons/year. The GPIC complex is built on reclaimed land of 60 hectares in area; in addition to the production plants, the complex comprises utilities plants, maintenance workshops, offices, stores and laboratories.

GPIC has effective management systems and accreditations, which include ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001; these have now been integrated under PAS 99. GPIC is also certified to ISO 27001 for IT Security, Responsible Care Certification RC 14001 and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Certification ISO 31000.

GPIC has won many accolades, including the Sir George Earle Trophy from RoSPA in the UK and the R W Campbell Award from the US National Safety Council for excellence in HSE management systems. GPIC is considered a role model in the protection of the environment. The company’s carbon dioxide recovery unit, fish farm, bird sanctuary, palm tree plantations and herb garden are all examples of GPIC’s environmental initiatives.

GPIC has joined the UN’s Global Compact, the world’s leading corporate citizenship initiative, and is committed to implementing its 10 principles and the UN development goals for sustainability.

The company has capacity for 396,000 tons/year of ammonia, using Uhde technology; 561,000 tons/ year of urea, using Snamprogetti technology for the synthesis unit and Uhde Fertilizer technology for the granulation unit; and 396,000 tons/year of methanol, using Uhde technology.

Main products manufactured

  • Ammonia
  • Methanol
  • Urea
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