Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum is studying the feasibility of building a 60,000 t/y melamine plant on a site at Damietta on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast at an estimated cost of $260mn, according to Al-Ahram newspaper. The proposal is to build the plant on a site owned by fertilizers producer Mopco in a free economic zone. The Mopco plant has capacity to produce 1.4mn t/y of urea, the main feedstock for producing melamine. Melamine is a thermosetting plastic used mainly in making laminates.