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Socar Selects Unipol Technology for New Polyethylene Facility

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Socar's new polyethylene facility will apply the Unipol PE Process
Socar's new polyethylene facility will apply the Unipol PE Process (Source: Socar)

Fluor announced that Socar, a gas-processing project of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, has selected Unipol PE Technology licensed by Univation Technologies for use in its world-scale 600 kta polyethylene plant to be built in Garadagh, Azerbaijan.

Houston/USA — This project represents the first Unipol PE Process licensed in Azerbaijan and by the state company. The process will be applied to manufacture conventional and advanced polyethylene products covering a broad range of both high-density polyethylene (HDPE), including best-in-class HDPE injection molding grades, as well as linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) resin grades. Univation’s XCAT Metallocene Polyethylene Technology will be used to manufacture advanced metallocene film structures suitable for high-performance food packaging, stretch-wrap, heavy-duty sack and specialized multi-layer applications.

Production output from this new PE plant will be focused on satisfying growing polyethylene demand in both domestic and European markets in a wide range of goods, the company announced.

As part of the Univation-Linde Alliance, Linde AG (Engineering Division) will complete the basic engineering design package (BEDP) for the project. In 2016, Univation and Linde Engineering entered into an Alliance relationship focused on delivering operating and capital cost advantages for both new build and retrofit projects for Unipol PE Technology.

Socar President Rovnag Abdullayev stated, “The Socar GPC project is a significant cornerstone in creating an Azerbaijan-focused manufacturing hub that will include local end-use convertors and suppliers — and we are excited at the prospect of achieving greater value capture across the entire polyethylene conversion chain.”

The state-run-company has launched the GPC Project to maximize value across the oil and gas chain and create a cutting-edge standard processing industry in Azerbaijan. Its primary purpose is to provide end users with purified natural gas and ensure production of high value added polymers.

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