MOSCOW (MRC) - The capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will triple, investments in the expansion project will amount to USD1.8 billion, Oilcapital reports.
Uzbekneftegaz has launched a project to expand the Shurtan gas chemical complex in the Kashkadarya region in the south of the country. "The capacities of the Shurtan gas chemical complex, the firstborn of our gas chemical region, will triple," said President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the expansion project.
The commissioning of additional capacities provides for the construction of polymer production units, as a result of which the production of polyethylene will increase from 125,000 tonnes to 280,000 tonnes, and the production of 100,000 tonnes of polypropylene will also begin. The expansion of capacities is planned due to the involvement of synthetic naphtha from the synthetic fuel plant. The cost of the new stage of modernization of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex is estimated at USD1.8 bn.
Enter Engineering Pte Ltd, controlled by Gazprombank, signed an EPC contract to expand the capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex. The commissioning of new facilities is expected in 2024.
The annual capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex for processing raw gas, according to the company's website, is up to 4 bn cubic meters, natural gas for consumers - up to 3.5 bn cubic meters, polyethylene granules - 125,000 tonnes, liquefied gas - more than 110,000 tonnes, gas condensate - 90,000 tonnes, granular sulfur - 1,000 tonnes.
Earlier it was reported that the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will invest USD1.8 bn in expanding the capacity for the production of PE and PP. The project provides for the creation of production up to 430,000 tonnes of polyethylene and up to 280,000 tonnes of polypropylene per year. Chevron Pilliphs Chemical and McDermott have been selected as licensors of the project.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in January-September 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.
The Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex was put into operation in 2001 on the basis of the Shurtan gas condensate fields (GCF). The enterprise processes up to 3.9 bcm of feed gas per year. The complex is designed for the production of 150 grades of high, medium and low density linear polyethylene.