EGYPT – Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has inaugurated a new 3.4M-hydrocracking complex with a yearly production of 4.7M tons of high-value petroleum products in Musturud city of Qalyubia

According to a statement by Egypt Today  the complex was established in cooperation with the private sector and was aimed at enhancing Egypt’s refining industry securing supply of petroleum products for  the local market.

The Musturud complex will converts low-value diesel into high-quality petroleum products that includes hydrocracking units for diesel, charcoal, vacuum distillation, sulfur treatment and naphtha repair.

Some of the products to be made at the factory include high-octane gasoline and diesel with Euro 5 quality specifications, butane, jet fuel, naphtha, and coal.

Work on the site, started in 2011 but was however halted as a result of political turmoil that broke out that year which subsequently led to the ousting of two Egyptian Presidents.

The Musturd hydrocracking project follows a number of similar projects pursued by the Egyptian government to add value to petroleum products available in the country.

Early this year, Egypt signed a contract for the construction of a US$2.5 billion hydrocracking complex in Assiut to refine mazut, a low-value product, and transform it into petroleum products of a higher value.

The project which will be executed by Enppi and Italy’s Techinp Fmc Engineering hopes to maximize the utilization of state resources by taking advantage of the latest hydrocracking technology to refine mazut into diesel of European specifications.

The oil refinery will have new processing units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit which will utilize TechnipFMC’s steam reforming proprietary technology.

Upon completion, the project is expected to process over 2.8 million tonnes of oil making it the largest oil refining project to be ever implemented in Upper Egypt.

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