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Egypt’s Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals (Sidpec) is pressing ahead with a polypropylene project that will take advantage of the increased availability of propane feedstock that has accompanied the 53% rise in Egypt’s gas output over the past two years.
State gas firm Egas saw its output of propane rise by 9.5% to 567,000 tons (19,700 b/d) for the 2016-17 Egyptian financial year, just short of the 10.6% rise in Egypt’s gas output over the same period. Egypt’s gas output rose by a further 19% to average 5.34bn cfd for 2017-18, implying a jump in propane output to over 687,000 t/y. The further leap in gas output to a record 6.6mn cfd for September has almost certainly boosted Egas propane output above 2012-13’s record 710,000 tons, even accounting for the relatively ‘lean’ nature of incremental offshore gas output.
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