The complex will consist of a propylene plant and a polypropylene plant with annual production capacities of 350,000 tonnes and utilities and offsites, including an air fractionation and refrigerating unit, and storage tanks.
The contract includes the licence, basic and detail engineering, supply of equipment, construction, training of the operating personnel and commissioning. EPPC is investing some $680m in the petrochemical complex, with completion is scheduled for late 2009. Propane from Egyptian natural gas deposits will be used as the feedstock.
The polypropylene (PP) plant will be based on Basell’s Spheripol process and will produce a wide range of high-quality PP plastic pellets. The Spheripol process is the world’s most widely used technology for the production of polypropylene, which has a wide range of market applications, including textiles, rigid and flexible packaging, consumer goods and automotive. EPPC will supply the PP to both the domestic and export markets.