Emerson to Automate Egyptian Petrochemical Plant

Jan. 15, 2016
Emerson Process Management will support the Tahrir Petrochemicals Project—a huge operation that’s expected to boost Egypt’s exports by 25 percent—with automation and reliability programs.

Egyptian petrochemical company Carbon Holdings has set forth a $6.9 billion project that will create the largest petrochemical plant in Egypt and the largest naphtha cracker plant in the world. As the main automation contractor, Emerson Process Management has been slated for $150 million of that project.

Emerson has been selected to provide automation and reliability technologies and services for the Tahrir Petrochemicals Project in Ain Sokhna, Egypt, near the Gulf of Suez. Engineering services will include designing the plant for optimum availability, and the reliability program includes consulting services, equipment health monitoring, and a reliability service center for ongoing local support and expertise.

When completed, the Tahrir project will produce 1.5 million metric tons per year of ethylene that will then be further processed into polyethylene. Other major products will include propylene, polypropylene, hexene, butadiene, benzene and styrene.

The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex will be constructed in Egypt’s Suez Special Economic Development Zone. Serving both local and export markets, the operation is expected to generate $6 billion in annual revenue, and increase Egypt’s annual exports by more than 25 percent.

“Investments of this size require us to select partners that have a long history of handling large, complex projects and the expertise to produce a reliable plant with dependable output,” said Basil El-Baz, chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings. “We chose Emerson for its proven ability to deliver a successful automation project that results in an efficient, high-availability operation.”

El-Baz met with David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson, at Emerson’s Middle East headquarters in Dubai to sign the memorandum of understanding, which includes a preferred equity investment by Emerson in Tahrir Petrochemicals.

“We are excited to help Carbon Holdings realize its vision of creating a world-class petrochemical complex that can be a catalyst for economic development in Egypt,” Farr said. “With Emerson’s technologies, experience and expertise, Carbon Holdings has positioned itself for top-quartile performance—not only in project execution, but ongoing operations as well.”

About the Author

Aaron Hand | Editor-in-Chief, ProFood World

Aaron Hand has three decades of experience in B-to-B publishing with a particular focus on technology. He has been with PMMI Media Group since 2013, much of that time as Executive Editor for Automation World, where he focused on continuous process industries. Prior to joining ProFood World full time in late 2020, Aaron worked as Editor at Large for PMMI Media Group, reporting for all publications on a wide variety of industry developments, including advancements in packaging for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing, and industrial automation. He took over as Editor-in-Chief of ProFood World in 2021. Aaron holds a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

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