Turk­menistan’s Petro­chem­i­cal Ca­pac­ity To In­crease With Its New Gas And Chem­i­cal Com­plex

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Turk­mengaz has in­au­gu­rated its new gas and chem­i­cals com­plex lo­cated in Kiyanly, Turk­menistan. The com­plex has been com­mis­sioned at a cost of 3.4 bil­lion USD and has been built by LG In­ter­na­tional, Hyundai En­gi­neer­ing and Toyo En­gi­neer­ing, backed by 2.5 bil­lion USD project fi­nanc­ing. It will be op­er­ated by Turk­men state com­pa­nies and will rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in Turk­menistan’s do­mes­tic petro­chem­i­cal ca­pac­ity. At full run rates the com­plex will process 5 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of nat­u­ral gas per year and pro­duce over 450 ktpa of olefins.

This com­plex in­cludes Turk­menistan’s first steam crack­ing unit and sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases Turk­menistan’s do­mes­tic olefins pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The feed­stock for the steam cracker will be ap­prox­i­mately 50% LPG/Con­den­sate and 50% Ethane and will be used to pro­duce 386 ktpa of poly­eth­yl­ene and 80 ktpa of polypropy­lene.

The as­set’s com­mis­sion­ing will also be a boost for PETRONAS, which will pro­vide the feed­stock gas from

its off­shore Block 1 as­set and ad­ja­cent on­shore ter­mi­nal. Whilst the coastal lo­ca­tion of the Kiyanly as­set on the Caspian sea should pro­vide lo­gis­ti­cal op­tions for PE and PP ex­ports.

The new com­plex rep­re­sents a step-change in Turk­menistan’s abil­ity to pro­duce olefins and poly­ole- fins do­mes­ti­cally. This ma­jor in­vest­ment in­cludes the coun­try’s first steam crack­ing unit and in­creases petro­chem­i­cal ca­pac­ity from 160 ktpa to over 600 ktpa as the coun­try seeks greater value from its sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral gas re­serves – the 5th high­est in the world by WM es­ti­mates.

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