Badger Licensing to provide technology, engineering for EBSM petrochemical project in Egypt

Source: Badger Licensing

A joint venture of The Shaw Group (NYSE:SHAW) and ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Badger Licensing LLC has been awarded a contract to provide proprietary technology and basic engineering for a 300,000 metric tons per annum ethylbenzene/styrene monomer (EBSM) plant for Egyptian Polystyrene Production Company (EStyrenics). The plant will be located within the El Dekila port site in Alexandria, Egypt. The contract covers technology licensing and the front end engineering design package along with operations training and commissioning support. 

The EStyrenics plant will utilize the proprietary ethylbenzene process, EBMax (SM), integrated with Badger’s styrene technology and will be the first EBSM plant located in Egypt. 

“Badger’s technology and engineering services will provide the foundation for this EBSM plant representing the second phase of a larger styrenics complex that will support economic growth and job creation in Egypt through the development of the country’s petrochemical master plan,” said Eng. Mohamed Hafez, chairman and chief executive officer of Egyptian Polystyrene Production Company. “The construction of the first phase of the styrenics complex, including a 200,000 metric tons per annum polystyrene unit, is nearing completion.” 

For more than 30 years, Badger and its predecessor companies have offered technology and engineering design for production of ethylbenzene from polymer or chemical-grade ethylene. The Egyptian Styrenics project will utilize the latest generation technology, EBMaxSM, which provides low operating cost, low capital cost, high product purity, extended catalyst cycles and operating reliability. More than 16 million metric tons of ethylbenzene capacity has been licensed since EBMax (SM) was introduced in 1995. 

For more than 40 years, Badger and its predecessor companies have marketed styrene technology developed through an alliance of Total Petrochemicals and Shaw. The technology has been selected for use in more than 50 styrene units, many with capacities in excess of 500,000 metric tons per year. Badger-designed styrene plants have an industry reputation for high operational reliability, superior performance and ease of expansion.

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