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EQUATE petrochemical facility targets `09 startup

Development continues apace in Kuwait at EQUATE Petrochemical Co.’s expansion project in spite of problems in the broader economy, with the site on pace to launch this year with more than 5 million tons/yr capacity of petrochemicals. Working with The Kuwait Olefins Co., The Kuwait Styrene Co., and Kuwait Paraxylene Production Co., the Greater EQUATE operation will include an increase in EQUATE’s current polyethylene (PE) capacity, plus a new ethylene glycol (EG) unit.

Development continues apace in Kuwait at EQUATE Petrochemical Co.’s expansion project in spite of problems in the broader economy, with the site on pace to launch this year with more than 5 million tons/yr capacity of petrochemicals. Working with The Kuwait Olefins Co., The Kuwait Styrene Co., and Kuwait Paraxylene Production Co., the Greater EQUATE operation will include an increase in EQUATE’s current polyethylene (PE) capacity, plus a new ethylene glycol (EG) unit.



EQUATE Petrochemical Co.’s expansion project is on pace to launch this year.
The site launched a new 600,000 tonnes/yr EG unit in August 2008, making it the largest single-train EG plant in the world using Dow Chemical’s Meteor technology. In November of last year, Greater EQUATE launched operations of a second ethane steam cracker that will boost ethylene production capacity to 1.7 million tonnes/yr.

In 2009, the company will start up ethyl benzene-styrene monomer and additional PE production capacity early in the third quarter. At that time it will also start up an aromatics unit with paraxylene for merchant sales as well as benzene for a styrene unit. The company will target sales for the products throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe.—[email protected]

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