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Large Gas Chemical Complex in Uzbekistan to be commissioned in October

Gas chemical complex in Karakalpakstan

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 21 By Demir Azizov– Trend: The Uzbek-Korean joint venture Uz-Kor Gas Chemical will construct the Ustyurt gas chemical complex in Karakalpakstan (an autonomous republic in north-western Uzbekistan) in October, Sanjar Berdyev, the chief specialist of the unified technical policy department of the Uzbekneftegaz National Holding Company, told reporters.

He said that the Ustyurt Gas Chemical Complex would be completed soon.

“The complex will be commissioned in mid-October,” he said. “The entire work is under completion. The complex will be commissioned in mid-October.”

As previously reported, in February 2008 Uzbekneftegaz and a consortium of Korean companies Kor-Uz Gas Chemical Investment established Uz-Kor GasChemical JV on a parity basis for the Ustyurt GCC construction project on the Surgil field. The consortium of Korean companies currently includes Kogas, Honam, and STX Energy.

The complex will annually process 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas and produce up to 4 billion cubic meters of marketable gas, 387,000 metric tons of polyethylene, 83,000 metric tons polypropylene and 102,000 metric tons of pyrolysis gasoline.

The project worth $4.16 billion is financed through loans of commercial banks in Asia, Europe and Uzbekistan in the amount of $2.54 billion, the equity of the joint venture founders - $1.41 billion and a loan of the Reconstruction and Development Fund of Uzbekistan in the amount of $100 million.

General contractors of the project are the Korean Samsung Engineering, GS Engineering and Hyundai Engineering. The construction began in 2012.

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