Equate readies new Kuwait MEG plant for start-up

07 July 2008 16:11  [Source: ICIS news]

Kuwait welcomes new petchems capacityLONDON (ICIS news)--Equate Petrochemical Co is preparing to start up its new 600,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Al-Shuaiba, Kuwait, after taking control of the facility from contractors, the company said on Monday.


Production was expected to start up later this month as part of Equate’s Olefins II project, bringing the company’s overall MEG capacity to 1.15m tonnes/year.


The contractors - Fluor Corp and Foster Wheeler, both of the US, and Kharafi National – had completed the project on schedule and under budget, Equate said.


Equate is a joint venture of Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) and Dow Chemical; the Kuwait Olefins Co will operate the new plant.


Its new expansion project, which includes an 850,000 tonne/year ethylene cracker and increased polyethylene capacity, was scheduled to come on stream in August.


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By: Mark Watts
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