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The Ethydco affiliate of Egyptian state petrochemical firm EChem has started test production of the ethane cracker and polyethylene plant at the heart of its ethylene complex under construction near Alexandria on the Mediterranean.
The cracker will have capacity to produce 460,000 tons/year of ethylene, which will be used as feedstock for the complex’s 400,000 t/y polyethylene plant. The complex is being built by Japan’s Toyo Engineering and Egypt’s Enppi.
At the time of the contract awards the plants were due to begin production in early 2015 (MEES, 19 April 2013). While the project’s construction has been delayed by Cairo’s persistent cashflow problems of recent years, its future is clouded by Egypt’s continuing gas production problems. (CONTINUED - 432 WORDS)
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