Uz-Kor Gas Chemical LLC, a joint venture of Uzbekneftegaz of Uzbekistan and a group of South Korean companies, has let a contract to KBR for technology and services for a 400,000-tonne/year ethylene plant in the Ustyurt region.
KBR will license its proprietary ethylene technology and provide engineering, procurement, and construction support.
Uz-Kor Gas Chemical, based in Nukus in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan autonomous region, plans to build a petrochemical complex at Surgil gas and condensate field, a Ustyurt basin field it is developing.
The Ustyurt complex, at the Akchalak settlement in Karakalpakstan’s Kungrad region, is to process 4.5 billion cu m/year of gas and condensate from Surgil, East Berdakh, and North Berdakh fields, according to Uz-Kor Gas Chemical (OGJ Online, Mar. 31, 2006).
The complex is to produce 400,000 tonnes/year of high density polyethylene, 100,000 tonnes/year of propylene, pyrolysis gasoline and oil, and sales gas.
Completion of the complex is planned for the end of 2014.