Known as the gasoline and aromatics expansion (GAE), the estimated $750 million-1,000 million project involves the production of 600,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of paraxylene through naphtha reforming, with an option to produce 335,000-775,000 t/y of benzene and 3.8 million-4.85 million t/y of gasoline. The project will take about 40 months to build.

The next stage in the project implementation will be the issue of a tender for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package. Companies interested in participating in the tender are expected to include Paris-based Technip, the US’ Fluor Corporation, Mustang Engineering and WorleyParsons.

The US’ Jacobs Engineering has prepared the project’s economic model; Foster Wheeler has carried out the initial feasibility study. Houston-based Purvin & Gertz is carrying out a marketing study.