EPCA '09: Egypt's new propylene, PP plants on track for 2010

04 October 2009 18:21  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--Egyptian Propylene & Polypropylene Co (EPPC) is likely to start trial production at its new units in Port Said by April next year, a company official said on Sunday.

Work on the plants was on track but it was too early to say when on-spec production would begin at the company’s new 400,000 tonne/year propylene and 400,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) units, commercial director of Oriental Petrochemicals Co, Nabil Mamdouh Hamdy said.

EPPC is a joint venture between Oriental Petrochemical Co, Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM) and Oriental Weavers.

“I believe that we should start our trials in April…but I cannot say when on-spec material will be ready,” Hamdy told ICIS news on the sidelines of the 43rd European Petrochemicals Association meeting.

Oriental Petrochemicals Co, currently the sole PP producer in Egypt, produces 160,000 tonnes/year at the industrial zone in the North West Gulf of Suez.

Hamdy said the company would sell the new products domestically as well as export them to Europe.

Europe is the biggest market…because of our close location we have an advantage,”

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By: Tahir Ikram
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