Turkey’s Petkim Nears Ethylene Expansion

Turkish petrochemicals producer Petkim plans to start up its expanded 588,000 tons/year cracker in early November. The Aliaga complex’ Ethylene Capacity Expansion project has increased the cracker’s capacity from 520,000 t/y at a cost of $118mn.

Petkim says the ethylene plant will be shut down on 21 July and is expected to be offline for 105 days (ie until 3 November) for connection of new equipment as well as routine maintenance. The complex has a total capacity of 1.96mn t/y.

During the outage, the company will keep the downstream units operational by importing ethylene feedstock. Petkim products include up to 446,000 t/y of polyethylene, 144,000 t/y of polypropylene and 89,000 t/y of ethylene glycol. The ethylene expansion is one of a number of projects planned by Petkim, owned 51% by the Socar Turkey unit of Azerbaijan’s state oil company, to turn Aliaga into one of Europe’s largest integrated downstream complexes. The biggest component is building the 200,000 b/d Socar Turkey Aegean Refinery (STAR) alongside the petrochemicals site (MEES, 30 May). (CONTINUED - 291 WORDS)