Oriental Petrochemicals venture starts up Egypt PDH unit

Source: ICIS News

2010/11/18

LONDON (ICIS)--Oriental Petrochemicals Company’s joint venture 400,000 tonnes/year propane dehydrogenation unit (PDH) at Port Said in Egypt is in the commissioning phase, having been brought on line a couple of weeks ago, a company source said on Thursday.

“We have already filled the propylene tank and two days ago produced PP (polypropylene),” the source said.

The Port Said facility, which has the capacity to produce 400,000 tonnes/year of propylene and 400,000 tonnes/year of PP, is operated by Egyptian Propylene & Polypropylene Co (EPPC).

EPPC is a joint venture between Oriental Petrochemicals, Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company and Oriental Weavers.

The facility was originally expected to be on steam in April 2010. However, ICIS reported in June that the start-up was expected sometime during the third quarter and that no reason had been given for the delay.

All the propylene produced from the PDH would be dedicated to the associated PP plant, the source said.

Additionally, it was unlikely that there would be any export capabilities for at least the next six months.

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

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