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Honeywell to support expansion of SIDPEC petrochemical complex in Alexandria

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Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Company (SIDPEC) has selected Honeywell technology to upgrade the production capabilities of its flagship petrochemical complex in Alexandria, which produces ethylene and polyethylene for the Egyptian market.

The upgrade is part of an expansion of the facility to incorporate propylene and polypropylene production and increase the supply of petrochemical products to domestic and international customers. The decision was steered by Eng. Mohamed Ibrahim, Chairman at SIDPEC.

Honeywell has migrated SIDPEC’s legacy Honeywell TotalPlant™ Solution (TPS) production system with the latest version of its Experion® Process Knowledge System solution at SIDPEC’s complex in Alexandria. The upgrade was achieved in just ten days, allowing SIDPEC to get back to production as quickly as possible. The process automation improvements will support collective production at the site once the expansion is completed.

“We selected Honeywell for this important upgrade because of the reliability and performance of our previous Honeywell TPS system in Ethylene and Polyethylene, and our success with other Honeywell technologies at the site,” said Mohamed Zayan, utility project manager, SIDPEC. “Honeywell’s ability to upgrade the production system in such a short timeframe minimised disruption to our operations. Honeywell is a critical partner in our effort to expand the supply of vital petrochemical products to customers in Egypt and beyond.”

“SIDPEC is taking a lead in the future of the petrochemicals of Egypt as the government seeks to boost the commercial and competitive success of domestic customers with a wider range of petrochemical products,” said Mansour Belhadj, vice president of sales, Honeywell Process Solutions. “We’re delighted our teams and advanced process automation technologies are playing a central role in this historic effort.”

According to IHS Markit, Egypt is the top consumer of polypropylene in Africa, consuming about 4.4 kg of polypropylene per capita. Rapid population growth and urbanisation will see this number grow by 5% annually through 2022.

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