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SIDPEC to use Honeywell propylene technology at Egyptian refinery

Saturday 30 June 2018 12:49 PM

Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals
Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals

Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals (SIDPEC) has selected Honeywell UOP's C3 OleflexAvangrid technology to produce 500,000 metric tons per year of on-purpose propylene at its refinery in Amerya, near Alexandria in Egypt.
Honeywell also will provide the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for startup and continuing operation, and catalysts and adsorbents for the project.

Including this project, Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology has been selected for 52 out of 64 propane and isobutane dehydrogenation projects globally since 2011. When completed, the SIDPEC unit will be the first Oleflex unit operating in Egypt.

Honeywell UOP president John Gugel said: “This plant will allow SIDPEC to expand its portfolio and take advantage of domestically produced propane to make products such as polypropylene.

“The Oleflex technology converts propane into high-quality propylene, which is rising in demand, particularly in growing economies.”

According to IHS Markit, annual demand for polypropylene in Africa was 1.9 million metric tons in 2016. But due to rapid population growth and urbanization, this demand is expected to rise by an additional 1 million metric tons in the next decade.