Known as the gasoline and aromatics expansion (GAE) scheme, the estimated $750 million-1,000 million, 40-month project involves the production of 600,000 tonnes a year (t/y) of paraxylene through naphtha reforming, with an option to produce benzene and gasoline.

A tender for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package is due to be issued by late July. Companies interested in participating in the tender are expected to include Paris-based Technip, the US’ Fluor Corporation, Mustang and WorleyParsons. The US’ Jacobs Engineering has prepared the project’s economic model; US-based Foster Wheeler has carried out the initial feasibility study. Houston-based Purvin & Gertz is carrying out a marketing study.