Kazakhstan’s first world-scale GSU project

Jon Lawson

KLPE, an affiliate of United Chemical Company (UCC), initiated Kazakhstan’s first world-scale GSU project supplying feedstock to the polyethylene plant in Atyrau Region with a total capacity of 1,250 ktpa, which is executed in the framework on a joint development agreement between UCC and Borealis.

ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF) has been awarded with project management consultancy (PMC) services, including the supervision of the detailed feasibility study (DFS), to support KLPE, delivering this strategically important project.

“These strategic UCC initiatives pave the way in establishing the Republic of Kazakhstan as a global player on the polyolefin market. By using advanced technologies, engaging leading contractors and suppliers, as well as targeting for high levels of safety, reliability and operability, we aim to ensure the maximum return of capital investments,” says Maksim Sonin, UCC project portfolio managing director, member of the board.

“ILF is proud to support KLPE in this professionally led and fast progressing project. With the team’s ability of integrating ILF’s Western project management and Kazakh engineering requirements with local state-owned project execution processes, as well as permitting expertise, I am highly confident that the DFS phase will create the maximum value for UCC and its partner supporting their strategy of sustaining Kazakhstan’s development in the polyolefin market exploitation,” adds ILF project manager and area manager Upstream, Helge Hoeft.

The heart of the project is the NGL recovery facility, located close to the Tengiz oil field, with a maximum feed gas capacity of over 7 billion Sm3/a recovering ethane and heavier components as feedstock for the polyethylene project. In addition, a feed gas pipeline from TCO’s facilities, an approximately 180km long C2+ export pipeline to the polyethylene plant and a redelivery gas pipeline to GEEP pipeline, are within the project scope.

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