Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla during his participation in Rome MED 2017 forum - Press photo Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla during his participation in Rome MED 2017 forum - Press photo

$690K deal to fund feasibility study of 'polyacetal' production project: Molla

By: MENA
Tue, Dec. 10, 2019
CAIRO - 10 December 2019: Petroleum Minister Tareq el Mulla said that a 690,000-dollar grant deal was signed to fund the feasibility study of a "Polyacetal" production project.

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a feasibility study grant to the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (Echem), which represents the petroleum sector, he elaborated.

The grant deal was signed by USTDA’s Acting Deputy Director Todd Abrajano and Echem’s Chairman Saad Helal.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mulla and US Ambassador in Cairo Jonathan Cohen.

The Petroleum Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the minister discussed with USTDA officials the agency's contribution to infrastructure and value-added projects in the petroleum sector.

The project is the first of its kind in Egypt and Africa. Its production capacity is estimated at nearly 50,000 tons annually. The project depends on the locally produced methanol by "Methanex Corporation" in Damietta.

Polyoxymethylene (POM), also known as acetal, polyacetal, and polyformaldehyde, is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness, low friction, and excellent dimensional stability.

The material is widely used in the automotive and consumer electronics industry.
 
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