Contract let for PE facility in Egypt

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 19
-- Carbon Holdings of Egypt has let a project management consultancy contract to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. for a polyethylene facility at a petrochemical complex it is developing in Ain Sokhna, Egypt.

Nameplate capacity is 1.35 million tonnes/year.

Foster Wheeler will provide technical support and consulting until financial close, expected in late 2011. The facility is due on stream in 2015.

Earlier this year, Carbon Holdings licensed the Univation Technologies UNIPOL polyethylene process for three trains at Ain Sokhna with capacities of 450,000 tpy each. One train will produce high-density polyethylene. Two swing lines are to produce linear low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene.

Last year, the US Trade and Development Agency awarded Egypt Hydrocarbon Corp. a $263,601 grant to evaluate the proposed construction of a steam cracker complex at Ain Sokhna capable of producing 400,000 tpy of propylene and 900,000 tpy of ethylene from naphtha.

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