Algiers invites technical bids for resin plant

08 August 2008
State-owned Societe Nationale de la Petrochimie (Enip) is inviting international contractors to submit technical bids by 18 October for the contract to build a urea formaldehyde resin plant.

The successful contractor will design and build a production facility with a capacity of 120 tonnes a day of urea formaldehyde concentrate (UFC) resin, type 85. The plant will be built at Enip’s production complex at Arzew.

Commercial bids will be submitted once technical evaluation is complete, which is likely to be in the first quarter of 2009.

UFC resin, also known as urea methanol, is a thermoplastic used primarily as an adhesive and for finishes on moulded objects. It is made from urea and formaldehyde mixed with ammonia.

All the necessary feedstocks are readily available at the complex. It produces 112,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of methanol, which produces ammonia as a by-product, as well as 20,000 t/y of formaldehyde and 10,000 t/y of liquid urea.

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