From Plastics & Rubber Weekly
By Richard Higgs
A major gas/chemicals complex, including plants with overall capacity for 1.3 million tonnes per annum (tpa) of polyolefins, is planned by JSC Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI) for Karabatan in western Kazakhstan.
This $6300 million project includes the construction of three polymer plants: one 500,000 tpa facility producing polypropylene; a 400,000 tpa unit for high density polypropylene and linear low density PE and a third plant with 400,000 tpa LDPE (low density polyethylene) capacity. Production is set to start up by 2013.
The complex will involve the extraction of propane and ethane from dry gas, and the production of propylene and the polyolefins.
The project is part of Kazakhstan's petrochemical industry development plan, which aims to build eight to 10 world standard petrochemical complexes in the country over the next decade.
The plants will employ process technology from global polyolefins giant LyondellBasell Industries and the supplier has a minority interest in KPI.
Other shareholders in KPI include JSC Exploration & Production KazMunaiGas, an offshoot of Kazakhstan National Oil and Gas Company KazMunaiGas and private Kazakh company Sat & Company Holding.
KPI, formerly known as JSC Atoll, already owns other polymer production operations in western Kazakhstan including the Aktau polystyrene and Atyrau polypropylene plants.
Production will be aimed at satisfying much of the growing demand for PP and PE resins in Russia and Central Asia.
"The region requires world-scale plants that can take full advantage of the locally-sourced petrochemical feedstock," commented LyondellBasell's licensing business senior vice president Kaspar Evertz when the group announced the selection of its process technology by KPI.