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Prospects of Domestic Chemistry

Botschaft Usbekistan, December 29, 2015

Uzbekistan has gotten a major chemical industry project off the ground. In 2018, the plans are to launch modern production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and ramp up production of caustic soda and methanol at Navoiazot plant.

In November 2015, the President of Uzbekistan approved the feasibility study of the project to make it a starting point for the establishment of a new complex.

O‘zkimyosanoat signed a contract for its construction with China CAMC Engineering Co, which has already started development of the basic design. The total value of the turnkey contract amounted to $439.8 million. The new industrial facility is estimated to annually produce 100,000 tons of PVC, 75,000 tons of caustic soda and 300,000 tons of methanol.

It is noteworthy that O‘zkimyosanoat experts have been concurrently working on effective ways of recycling methanol into other useful products to be produced at the new complex. The technology of its processing into gasoline ranks among the most promising ones.

In this regard, the company signed a memorandum with a consortium of Japanese companies led by Mitsubishi, and with the Danish HaldorTopsoe. The parties are currently exploring the feasibility of a joint project on the basis of Navoiazot. Its total cost is estimated at $100 million, $50 million of which will be invested by foreign investors. The commissioning of the facility is scheduled for 2019.

Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper


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