Kazakhstan’s United Chemical Co. (UCC) has unveiled plans for the construction of a large petrochemical plant that will process associated gas from the Tengiz oilfield.
Representatives of the company discussed the project last week with Umirzak Shukeyev, the head of UCC’s parent organisation, Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna. They told Shukeyev, who was attending the opening ceremony for a new polymer plant, that the proposed gas-chemical complex would include facilities for polypropylene production as well as a water treatment plant, a unit for the production of technical gases and a gas turbine thermal power plant (TPP) with a generating capacity of 310 MW.
In a statement, UCC said the cost of building the complex was likely to reach US$2.6 billion. Samruk-Kazyna has indicated that it will help the company secure loans to cover its expenses.
When finished, the petrochemical complex will concentrate on the production of polypropylene. This is a crucial material for work in a number of “fast-growing sectors – electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, instrumentation, industrial and commercial construction,” the company said.
It did not say exactly how much gas the plant would be able to process or reveal the facility’s projected production capacity. It did note, though, that the complex would be constructed inside the National Industrial Petrochemical Technopark, a special business zone in the Atyrau region where UCC is already active. The company has said it hopes to optimise costs for all of its projects in the zone by setting up centralised support and infrastructure facilities such as customs checkpoints, a fire station, a repair shop and gas, water, heating and electricity networks.
The new polymer plant that UCC launched last week will be part of the proposed petrochemical complex. The facility will be able to produce 4,125 tonnes per year of polyethylene film and 48 million units per year of polypropylene bags.
It will also turn out 14,738 tonnes per year of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film, a thermoplastic polymer that is “used in agriculture, construction, food industry [and] retail trade,” the company said. This is the first time that BOPP film will be produced in Kazakhstan, it added.