SOCAR Polymer LLC, a subsidiary of state-owned State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), has let an engineering, construction, and procurement (EPC) contract to Maire Tecnimont SPA, Milan, for a grassroots polyethylene plant to be built in the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park (SCIP), about 30 km north of Baku.
As part of the contract, which was awarded on a lump-sum basis, Maire Tecnimont subsidiaries Tecnimont SPA and Kinetics Technology SPA, will provide complete engineering services, equipment and material supply, and construction activities for the plant, Maire Tecnimont said.
The project’s scope also will include start-up and commissioning activities for the plant, the service provider said.
The polyethylene plant will have a production capacity of 120,000 tonnes/year and be equipped with Ineos Technologies Ltd.’s proprietary Innovene S slurry technology, which is used to produce mono and bimodal high-density polyethylene.
Maire Tecnimont valued the EPC contract at about $180 million.
This latest contract follows SOCAR Polymer’s previous contract award to Maire Tecnimont to provide EPC on Azerbaijan’s first polypropylene plant, which will have a production capacity of 180,000 tpy and also be located at SCIP (OGJ Online, Apr. 7, 2015).
While Maire Tecnimont and SCIP previously confirmed a commissioning date of late 2016 for the polypropylene plant, details regarding startup of the polyethylene plant have yet to be announced.