MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip Energies (Paris, France) announced that its work on the Azerikimya modernization project in Azerbaijan has been completed on time, said Chemengonline.
The overhaul of the Socar petrochemical complex near the nation’s capital, Baku, is now complete and the plant has been handed over and is fully in operation. It has been producing ethylene and propylene on demand since October 2020.
Testing has shown that all the technological modifications introduced as part of the project execution are functioning properly. The contractual performance test was successfully completed in February and the plant met the ethylene and propylene production capacity and quality specification.
Stefano La Femina, Project Director, said: “This is another result that demonstrates the reliability of our design in this technology. Technip Energies’ high quality standards, followed in all phases of the project from engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning to start-up, allowed us to achieve the performance targets without any problem."
Technip Energies now confirms it also completed commissioning and startup activities for the project.
Neither Socar nor Technip Energies disclosed details regarding current capacity rates of APU’s modernized ethylene and PE plant.
Socar let a contract to the service provider in November 2016 for delivery of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the revamp project, the scope of which included modernization of the EP-300 steam cracker, including construction of cracker furnaces licensed by Technip Energies, as well as installation of a refinery dry gas treatment unit, ethylene and propylene storage, and related utilities and off sites.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 141,870 tonnes in January 2021 versus 123,520 tonnes a year earlier. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.