Egypt’s Ethydco has started up a 20,000 tons/year polybutadiene unit at its polyethylene complex near Alexandria. The plant will process 26,000 t/y of butadiene, a by-product of ethylene production from Ethydco’s 460,000 t/y cracker. This recently started up, producing ethylene feedstock for the 400,000 t/y polyethylene plant alongside.

The cracker requires 45mn cfd of ethane feedstock to run at full capacity, taking Egypt’s ethane requirement to 75mn cfd from two...