Within weeks of the start-up of its joint venture dimethyl ether (DME) plant in China (earlier post), Methanex has executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a similar plant in Egypt. This new plant will have a capacity of 200,000 tonnes of DME per year and will consume approximately 300,000 tonnes per year of methanol.
The Egyptian DME joint venture will include Methanex and XinAo Group (Methanex’s DME joint venture partner in China) as minority participants, with the government owned Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (Echem) holding the majority interest. Echem is also a 12% participant in the Methanex methanol joint venture currently under construction in Egypt.
The DME project will be located adjacent to Methanex’s joint venture methanol plant currently under construction at Damietta, on Egypt’s Mediterranean Coast. This plant is expected to employ the same design and technology deployed in China and provided by XinAo Group, according to Michael Macdonald, Methanex Senior Vice President, Corporate Development.