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. (CONTINUED - 432 WORDS)