Algeria lets contract for revamp of Skikda ethylene plant

State-owned Sonatrach SPA has let a contract to Engineers India Ltd. to perform studies and provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for rehabilitation of an ethylene unit at its petrochemical complex in Skikda, Algeria.

Valued at more than €7 million, the contract stipulates a project schedule of 23 months, EIL said in a Jan. 27 filing to India’s BSE Ltd.

The service company did not disclose further details regarding either the scope of PMC services it would deliver or the nature of studies it would execute as part of the agreement.

The contract announcement follows the Algerian government’s confirmation in late 2016 of Sonatrach’s project to restore production of Skikda’s 120,000-tonne/year ethylene unit, as well plans for construction of several other major grassroots petrochemical projects, including a grassroots 100,000-tpy benzene linear alkyl complex, 1-million tpy ethylene cracker, 600,000-tpy propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene complex, and 1-million tpy methanol and derivatives complex (OGJ Online, Dec. 201, 2016).

Alongside expanding its petrochemical operations, Sonatrach also previously let a contract for construction of two grassroots units at its 16.5-million tpy refinery in Skikda, as well as contracts for front-end engineering and design services for three 5-million tpy greenfield refineries to be located at Biskra, Tiaret, and Hassi Messaoud, all of which are intended to help meet energy demand of Algeria’s domestic market by 2040 (OGJ Online, Mar. 8, 2016).

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