Acid gas plant in Egypt

Alexandria Mineral Oil Company (AMOC) has awarded Technip-Coflexip a lump-sum turn-key contract for the implementation of an acid gas treatment plant at Alexandria, Egypt. The plant, with a production capacity of 12 tons per day of sulphur, applies THIOPAQ® technology developed by the Dutch Company Paques and engineered for industrial applications by UOP. This technology converts acid gas from desulphurisation processes, into elementary sulphur by biological process, thereby curtailing the operational problems associated with conventional processes. Sulphur produced is water soluble, with considerable benefits for agricultural applications. The Alexandria plant will be the first THIOPAQ® unit built on an industrial scale. The project will be carried out by the engineering centre of Technip-Coflexip in Rome, whose scope of work includes detail engineering, procurement, construction, precommissioning, commissioning, start-up and training. Plant completion is slated for August 2003, 12 months after contract coming into force.

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