Egypt’s downstream firms are taking advantage of record gas output (see p2) to advance petchems plans. Sidpec’s new polypropylene plant near Alexandria will use LPG produced from soaring Mediterranean gas output.

Egypt’s Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals (Sidpec) is pressing ahead with a polypropylene project that will take advantage of the increased availability of propane feedstock that has accompanied the 53% rise in Egypt’s gas output over the past two years.

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