Uhde signs up for petrochems project

21 March 2003
Germany's Uhdein partnership with the local Sazeh Consultantsis to begin preliminary engineering work for a medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) unit at the olefins 9 complex following the signing of the contract in early March. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract includes an early work agreement, enabling the German/local team to begin engineering before financial arrangements have been concluded. The client is National Petrochemical Company (NPC), on behalf of its subsidiary Pars Petrochemical Company, which operates the olefins 9 complex (MEED 14:2:03).

Uhde will use MDPE technology provided by Europe's Basellfor the 300,000-tonne-a-year (t/y) plant. The German firm won the contract against competition from Italy's Tecnimontand South Korea's Daelim Engineers & Construction Company.

Uhde will carry out the main engineering portion and international procurement, while Sazeh will be responsible for detailed engineering, local procurement and construction. Financing for the project has yet to be arranged.

The olefins 9 complex, located in the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone near Bandar Assaluyeh, will also house a 300,000-t/y low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit and a 1 million-t/y ethane cracker, both of which are being built by Paris-based Technip-Coflexipin partnership with the local Nargan Consulting Engineers.

In addition to providing feedstock for the complex's PE units, the cracker will feed 220,000 t/y of ethylene to a styrene monomer plant, being built by the UK office of Italy's Snamprogettiin partnership with the local Sazeh Consultants. The remaining ethylene is earmarked for export (MEED 28:12:01; 31:1:03).

NPC and South Africa's Sasolare the joint owners of the cracker and PE units, following the signing of a 50:50 joint venture agreement in February.

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