Egypt To Start Up Key Ethylene Plant, If It Can Find The Gas

A chronic gas shortage may stymie Egypt's petchem ramp-up plans.

The Ethydco subsidiary of Egyptian state petrochemicals firm Echem is ready to start up the 460,000 tons/year ethylene cracker at the heart of the ethylene and polyethylene complex it has been building at Alexandria on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.

Oil Minister Tariq al-Mulla visited the site this week and was told that test operations only await a supply of gas from state utility Egas.

The new cracker will require 45mn cfd of ethane feedstock, according to MEES. This will add to the strain on Egyptian gas supplies, which are currently causing Egas to divert gas away from petchems and fertilizer plants in a bid to keep power plants running through the peak demand season.


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