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Methanex to Build DME JV Plant in Egypt

11:12 AM MST | December 19, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Methanex says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a 200,000-m.t./year dimethyl ether (DME) plant with joint venture partner XinAo Group (Langfang, China) at Damietta, Egypt. The plant will be adjacent to Methanex’s 1.3-million m.t./year methanol plant, which is currently under construction (CW, May 9, p. 51). State-owned Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Co. (Cairo) will hold a minority stake in the DME and the methanol plants, Methanex says. “Egypt is a significant importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and the DME produced...

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