Progress on olefins 8, 11 and 12 complexes

20 February 2004
Tendering for the olefins 11 project has been split into separate packages at the request of bidders. The olefins 12 complex will also be tendered by the end of February, after detailed feedstock specifications are finalised, while the bid deadline for the olefins 8 complex has been postponed to 3 April (MEED 9:1:04).

The main olefins unit on olefins 11, comprising an ethane cracker with capacity of 1.2 million tonnes a year (t/y), will be issued as a straight engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, while a front-end engineering and design (FEED) tender will be issued for the downstream elements of the complex. These will include a 300,000-t/y high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant, a 300,000-t/y linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, a 600,000-t/y styrene monomer plant and a 700,000-t/y mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant.

Olefins 12 will run in parallel to olefins 11. It will comprise a 1.9 million-t/y ethane cracker, an HDPE/LLDPE swing plant of 300,000 t/y, a 660,000-t/y MEG plant, a 300,000-t/y polypropylene plant and a 388,000-t/y benzene unit. The complexes are to have liquid feedstock consisting of South Pars carbon-associated gases. The EPC contracts will be tendered by NPC project management subsidiary Petrochemical Industries Development Management Company (Pidmco).

Potential bidders for the olefins 8 complex are: Paris-based Technip, Germany's Linde, Europe's ABB Lummus Globaland a European office of the US' Stone & Webster.

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