Egyptian-Indian Polyester (EIPET) PET Resin Manufacturing Plant, Egypt

Egyptian Indian Polyester (EIPET) is constructing a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant in the port town of Ain Sokhna, Egypt. The plant broke ground in June 2011 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. The estimated cost of the project is $160m.

"DTPL owns a 70% interest in the new plant while Echem and Enppi hold 23% and 7% respectively."

The manufacturing facility will produce 1,200t of PET resin a day and 420,000mt of PET plastic chips a year.

The products will be used to make packaging bottles for food and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).

About 20% of the produce will be used locally and the remaining amount will be exported to European and North American markets. The plant is expected to generate $700m in revenues when fully operational.

The PET resin plant will contribute towards the local community by creating 800 jobs during construction and another 500 permanent jobs when fully operational. In addition, it will create foreign exchange reserves for Egypt.

Location of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant

The new facility is being constructed in sector two of the Eldorado Integrated Development and Free Zone, located northwest of the Suez Gulf. The facility was originally planned in 2010 to come up at Port Said.

The implications involved in obtaining approval from the Ministry of Defence has, however, prompted the company management to change the location and postpone construction until March 2011.

Political unrest in Egypt in 2011 resulted in further delays to the project.

The plant will come up on a 470x300m plot in the free zone.

The site is connected to the Red Sea coastal highway. Raw materials and products will be transported along the highway directly from the Ain Sokhna port located in the south of the industrial park.

The site comes under Category B of the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) environmental and social review procedures.

This means the facility may result in certain social and environmental issues which can be mitigated by following the given procedures and guidelines.

The plant will conform to generally recognised performance standards and Egyptian regulatory requirements.

EPC contractor

Oerlikon Barmag of Germany is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor of the project. The contract was awarded in August 2010.

EIPET facility details

The plant will include PET production units, two HTM heaters, four monoethylene glycol (MEG) tanks (20m diameter and 16m height), three chimneys and six PET chip storage silos (6m diameter and 32m height).

"Egyptian Indian Polyester (EIPET) is constructing a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant."

In addition to the main production building, the plant will have two administrative buildings, two utility buildings, a utility substation, two raw water and fire water tanks, high tension power room, two weigh bridge rooms, two effluent treatment plants, two cooling towers and raw material and finished goods storage rooms.

The plant will consume 360,000t/y of purified terephthalic acid, 142,000t/y of MEG, 1100t/d of water, 67,200MWh/y of power from a local gas-fired power plant and 6000NM3/hr of natural gas from the national gas network for process heating.

During the process of PET resin production, the plant will generate 124t/d of waste water which will be treated and recycled for further use.

The other solid and hazardous waste resulting from the plant will be transported to the disposal centre in Alexandria for recycling and disposal.

Owners of the PET resin manufacturing plant

EIPET was formed in February 2008 as a joint venture between India's Dhunseri Petrochem and Tea (DPTL) and two Egyptian state-owned companies, Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding (Echem) and Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (Enppi).

DTPL owns a 70% interest in the new plant while Echem and Enppi hold 23% and 7% respectively.

DTPL is the second largest manufacturer of PET resin in India and the new plant is its first international venture. The company also operates a 200,000 ton per annum (tpa) capacity plant in Haldia, India.

Financing Egyptian-Indian Polyester's facility

The project construction is being carried out from the loan proceeds of $35m approved by IFC in May 2011.

In addition, the Commercial International Bank and Ahli United Bank are also providing financial assistance through $65.5m of capital and $11.3m of working capital loans.