Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Company (Sidpec) has started operations at a new unit aimed to remove bottlenecks from the Ethylene factory to operate at full capacity, with $27 million investment costs, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

“The new unit started operations successfully, without halting any of the company’s factories, due to the effective role of the Ministry of Petroleum in running the project and boosting Sidpec capacity to its maximum,” stated Head of the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding Company (ECHEM), Saad Helal, in a report submitted to Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla.

Sidpec decided to establish the new unit in order to contain the increase of carbon dioxide in the feed mixture. CB&I Lummus designed the unit, while Thyssenkrupp Company acted as the general contractor.