Contracts inked for Egyptian petrochemical complex

Carbon Holdings Ltd. (CHL) of Egypt has let contracts for engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) activities related to the development of its Tahrir petrochemical complex planned at Ain Sokhna, Egypt (OGJ Online, Oct. 19, 2010).

The contracts, awarded to a consortium consisting of Maire Tecnimont SPA, Milan, and Netherlands-based Archirodon Group NV, were signed during an Apr. 6 ceremony in Cairo, Maire Tecnimont said.

The EPCC contracts, awarded on a direct-negotiation basis, are valued at $1.7-1.95 billion, 50% of which will go to Maire Tecnimont, the company said.

Maire Tecnimont’s scope of work will consist in EP activities for a utilities island, seawater desalination system, wastewater treatment, power plant, and auxiliary packages and systems, as well as in the commissioning of all related services.

Archirodon’s scope of work under the contract will cover EPC supply of sea works, tanks, jetty works, and pipelines, including construction activities for all associated structures, according to Maire Tecnimont.

Financial close the project is scheduled to take place by yearend, Maire Tecnimont said.

CHL previously awarded contracts for work on the Tahrir petrochemical complex to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. and Univation Technologies for project management consultancy and polyethylene process technology, respectively (OGJ Online, Oct. 19, 2010).

Most recently, in November 2013, CHL let a $500 million contract to GE to provide technology and equity support to the greenfield naphtha cracker and olefins complex at Tahrir, including aero-derivatives gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, water filtration and desalination equipment, turbo machinery compressors, and industrial solutions services, GE said in a Nov. 18, 2013, release.

Once completed, the Tahrir complex—which will be at the entry of the Suez Channel—will have a combined ethylene and propylene production capacity of 1.36 million tonnes/year, making it the world’s largest naphtha liquid cracker, according to GE.

Set to generate annual revenue of $6 billion, the Tahrir project additionally will strengthen Egypt’s overall annual exports by over 25%, said Basil El-Baz, chairman and chief executive officer of Carbon Holdings, in November 2013.

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