Before Echem Establishment:
The establishment of Al-Ahleya Plastic Company.
Suez governorate witnessed the production of ammonia fertilizer at Abboud plants.
Egypt established one of the earliest production units of nylon worldwide in Kafr-El- Dawar.
Talkha and Alexandria witnessed the establishment of 2 urea fertilizer plants.
The establishment of the Egyptian Petrochemicals Company (EPC) at Alexandria for the production of 80,000 T/Y of polyvinyl chloride “PVC”.
The production of 40,000 T/Y of linear alkyl benzene (LAB) was started in the Amerya Petroleum Refining Company “APRC”, which is the basic petrochemical material in the production of industrial detergents in Egypt.
Alexandria witnessed a further step forward of the petrochemicals era by the production of 300,000 T/Y and 225,000 T/Y of ethylene and polyethylene respectively in Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Company (SIDPEC).
After Echem Establishment:
Egypt has competitive advantages necessary for setting up and developing the petrochemicals industry, including the availability of feedstock and natural resources, skilled labor, strategic geographic location, robust infrastructure, facilitate promoting petrochemical products to the local, regional and global markets.
After restructure of the petroleum sector, Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM) was established in 2002 to execute the 20-years petrochemical master plan in Egypt, aiming to optimize the value added of natural resources.
Since the establishment, Echem, in a relatively short period, was able to achieve vast growth and success in becoming a center of attraction and interest of several major global petrochemical companies.
Echem succeeded to accelerate the petrochemicals industry in Egypt by executing 7 mega projects that would place this country to be one of the global petrochemical producers.
Egyptian Linear Alkyl Benzene (E-LAB), started its commercial operation at Alexandria governorate with the production capacity of 100,000 T/Y of LAB.
MOPCO started fertilizers production in its first production train “MOPCO 3” with an annual capacity of 635,000 T/Y of Urea and 40,000 T/Y ammonia.
Egyptian Methanex Methanol Company (E-METHANEX) started its commercial operation at Damietta governorate with a production capacity of 1.3 Million T/Y of Methanol based on local natural gas feedstock.
Egyptian Propylene & Polypropylene Company (EPP) commenced production in Port Said governorate to produce 280,000 T/Y of Propylene and 350,000 T/Y of Poly Propylene.
Egyptian Styrene and Polystyrene Company (E-STYRENICS) started its commercial production at Al-Dekheila Port in Alexandria Governorate to produce 200,000 T/Y of polystyrene based on importing styrene feedstock.
Egyptian Indian Polyester Company (EIPET) came on-stream for the production of 420,000 T/Y of Bottle Grade Polyester. In 2018, Echem decided to apply the exit strategy and entered into ‘share purchase agreement’ with its Indian Partner to sell out its stake in the JV company.
MOPCO started commercial operation of its two production trains “MOPCO-1 and MOPCO-2” with annual production capacity of 1.38 Million T/Y of Urea and 80,000 T/Y of Ammonia, resulting in a total production of about 2 million tons annually of Urea from the three production trains of MOPCO.
Egyptian Ethylene Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) started its commercial operation to produce 460,000 T/Y of Ethylene and 400,000 T/Y of Polyethylene as well as 20,000 T/Y of Butadiene.