Sonatrach lets EPC contract for Arzew LPG trains

Algeria 's Sonatrach signed an EPC contract with Japan's Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries and Itochu for the construction of three separation trains at the GP1/Z LPG plant in western Algeria.

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 27 -- Algeria 's Sonatrach signed an engineering, procurement, and construction contract Apr. 22 with Japan's Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. and Itochu Corp. for the construction of three separation trains at the GP1/Z liquefied petroleum gas plant within the Arzew industrial complex in western Algeria.

The project, due for completion by September 2010, includes the three LPG trains having a separation capacity of 1 million tonnes each and two temperature-controlled product stocking jigs, each with a capacity of 70,000 cu m.

The plants will have a total capacity of 3 million tonnes/year of commercial propane and butane and will be integrated into the Arzew complex at Oran. They will be supplied by Sonatrah's LPG terminal in B├ęthioua.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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