China's Sinopec agrees terms for potential Kazakhstan polyethylene investment

# 19 May 2023 09:48 (UTC +04:00)

China's Sinopec said it has agreed key terms with Kazakh state-owned oil and gas firm KazMunayGaz (KMGZ.KZ) to build a gas-based petrochemical complex in Kazakhstan's Atyrau region and a final investment decision will be made in 2024, APA reports citing Reuters.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing China-Central Asia Summit in Xian in China's Shaanxi province, where China President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of five ex-Soviet countries to discuss enhanced cooperation in a range of fields, including energy.

The companies agreed to build a petrochemical complex processing ethane - a by-product from natural gas field - into ethylene with an annual capacity of 1.275 million tonnes, Sinopec said in its inhouse newspaper on Friday.

They also agreed to build two polyethylene facilities each sized at 625,000 tonnes a year, the report added.

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