Saipem, in consortium with Petrojet, awarded Egypt’s first polybutadiene plant

Source: press release, 17 April 2020

Saipem contributes its key competencies as a solutions provider in the petrochemical sector
Saipem contributes its key competencies as a solutions provider in the petrochemical sector (photo: Saipem)

Saipem, leading a consortium with Egypt-based Petrojet, has been awarded a contract by Egyptian Ethylene & Derivatives Co. (Ethydco) for the first polybutadiene-producing facility in Egypt, with an expected production capacity of 36,000 MT/Y.

Saipem and Petrojet have a long history of partnership in Egypt and will be jointly responsible for detailed engineering design, procurement and supply of equipment and materials, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning up to successful start-up and performance testing.

Saipem will contribute its key competencies as a solutions provider in the petrochemical sector, specifically in the elastomers segment.

The scope of work of the new rubber plant comprises one production train of Low Cis Butadiene Rubber and related facilities. Polybutadiene is a synthetic rubber with a high resistance to wear and is used in the manufacture of tires, which consumes about 70% of all global production.

The overall value of the contract is for approximately USD 150 million.

Maurizio Coratella, Chief Operating Officer of the Saipem Onshore E&C Division, comments, “After successful completion of the fast-track Zohr project, this award confirms Saipem as a partner of choice to support the sustainable development of Egypt.”