Sibur, Gazprom study construction, expansion of gas chemical complexes in Uzbekistan
2020-12-25    [Source:PUdaily]
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Sibur, Gazprom Neft, and Uzbekneftegaz have agreed to cooperate on potential investments in Uzbekistan including a major expansion of Uzbekneftegaz’s Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex (SGCC) and the proposed construction of a new gas chemicals facility. Gazprom Neft is the oil subsidiary of Gazprom.

“Sibur and Gazprom Neft will explore the possibilities of participating in the implementation of the project to expand the production capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex,” says Sibur, Russia’s largest producer of petrochemicals. The companies will also “consider the possibility of joint implementation of an investment project for the construction of a gas chemical complex based on natural gas resources produced in Uzbekistan with a capacity of up to 3 billion cubic meters,” Sibur says. The location for the new complex and potential investment amounts have not been given.

The signed cooperation agreement for the projects includes “the creation of a gas chemical complex using methanol-to-olefins [MTO] technology, and the expansion of the production capacity of the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex,” says Uzbekistan’s energy ministry in an official statement. The cooperation agreements were signed by the two Russian companies and Uzbekneftegaz last week during an official visit to Moscow by a delegation from Uzbekistan’s energy ministry.

The Shurtan complex, operated by state-owned Uzbekneftegaz, currently produces ethylene and more than 134,000 metric tons/year of polyethylene (PE), as well as 116,000 metric tons/year of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), 103,000 metric tons/year of gas condensate, and 4.1 billion cu meters/year of raw gas, according to the latest information on the SGCC website.

In October, Lummus Technology was awarded a contract by Enter Engineering (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) to design and supply four steam-cracking furnaces to more than double ethylene production at the facility in the Kashkadarya Region of southwestern Uzbekistan. Expansion plans for SGCC have been in process for several years following a $1.3-billion engineering, procurement, and construction contract carried out by Uzbekneftegaz with Enter Engineering, which has progressed the expansion to the detailed design phase.

Local press reports in Uzbekistan have previously outlined proposed plans by Uzbekneftegaz to build a new gas chemicals cluster at a provisional cost of $4.25 billion using MTO technology, with up to 10 polymer plants producing up to 250,000 metric tons/year of polypropylene, 100,000 metric tons/year of synthetic rubber, 100,000 metric tons/year of polyethylene terephthalate and ethylene–vinyl acetate, and up to 150,000 metric tons/year of ethylene glycol and PE.

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