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09 February 2021

Uzbekistan methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plans

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Recent announcements from the Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy indicate further development steps towards the construction of a new methanol-to-olefins (MTO) complex in Bukhara region, Uzbekistan - the cost estimate is approximately $US2.8 billion. Uzbekistan is a large gas producer and its future strategy is focused on domestic monetisation to value-add products, including chemicals expansion and a new GTL plant. Recent license awards add further momentum towards the project development feasibility. If completed, the plant to be operated by Jizzakh Petroleum will process an integrated chain of natural gas through methanol, for further conversion to olefins via the MTO process. The olefins intermediates will be further converted into LDPE/EVA, PP, MEG and PET locally with new downstream facilities also part of the project.

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  • Project overview
  • This would be the first MTO plant in the world to be constructed outside of China
  • This would be the first MTO plant in the world to be locally backward integrated into natural gas
  • The downstream product slate from this MTO plant is relatively diverse
  • Final thoughts

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