Egypt Hydrocarbon lets contract for PE units

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 21 -- Egypt Hydrocarbon Corp. (EHC) has let a contract to KBR to complete a preliminary front-end engineering and design study for two polyethylene (PE) units at its proposed petrochemical complex to be built 15½ miles from Suez near the Red Sea.

Under the pre-FEED study, KBR will perform PE technology evaluation and licensor recommendation to EHC. Two PE plants are planned for installation, with each plant having a nominal capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year. The plants will be targeted to produce a broad range of high-density PE and linear low-density PE resins.

The award of the pre-FEED study follows KBR's completion of various prefeasibility studies for the petrochemical complex's proposed plants, including ammonia, ammonium nitrate, naphtha cracker, PE, and methanol plants. KBR has also completed a master plot plan study for the complex.

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