ECHEM presses ahead with methanol, PVC studies

11 October 2004
The US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the contract to draw up a feasibility study for a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant for state-owned Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM). USTDA has extended a $271,000 grant towards the total $542,129 cost of the study, for which proposals are due to be submitted by 21 October.

Project specifications have yet to be decided, but ECHEM has drawn up provisional plans for an estimated $260 million expansion of existing PVC capacity. ECHEM subsidiary Egyptian Petrochemicals Companycurrently produces 110,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of PVC and PVC products, most of which is for export.

The new project is independent of the first phase of the ECHEM petrochemicals masterplan, which also calls for the construction of a 1.7 million-t/y methanol/ammonia plant in the Mediterranean Industrial Zone. USTDA in July awarded a grant to finance a feasibility study for the proposed $590 million plant, to be built near Damietta. The study will be carried out by the US' Kellogg Brown & Root.

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