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The Hindu Business Line: TCI Sanmar to invest $150 m to expand Egypt chemical complex

This will involve setting up a new PVC plant with a capacity of two lakh tonnes and will also enhance its ethylene manufacturing capacity.
31.10.14 | Interesting article at The Hindu Business Line

The Sanmar group, which has established a huge chemicals complex in Port Said, Egypt, TCI Sanmar Chemicals SAE, plans to invest an additional $150 million in phase two of the project. This will involve setting up a new PVC plant with a capacity of two lakh tonnes and will also enhance its ethylene manufacturing capacity by 60,000 tonnes. After this round, the total investment will be $1.3 billion, says a press release from the company.

Sanmar had acquired Trust Chemicals Industries in March 2007 and renamed it as TCI Sanmar Chemicals. In the first phase, its plan was to manufacture 2.75 lakh tonnescaustic soda, 60,000 tonnes of green ethylene from ethanol and two lakh tonnes PVC in a year. TCI Sanmar employs about 2,000 Egyptians directly and indirectly.

Operating capacity
“The caustic soda plant is operating at around 90 per cent capacity while the PVC plant is operating at around 60 per cent capacity and will reach 100 per cent by March 15 when a new drier would have been commissioned.