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Nuberg lands $20-million CaCl2 plant from TCI Sanmar Chemicals in Egypt

| By Gerald Ondrey

Nuberg Engineering Ltd. (Noida, India; received a contract for a calcium chloride plant project on EPC & LSTK basis in Port Said, Egypt from TCI Sanmar Chemicals S.A.E. TCI Sanmar is a part of the multinational conglomerate, The Sanmar Group headquartered in Chennai, India and is among the largest caustic soda manufacturers in Egypt’s chemical industry.

The calcium chloride turnkey project’s annual production capacity is 135,000 ton/yr and is valued at $20 million. Nuberg’s scope of work includes plant design, detailed engineering and procurement of complex chemical equipment for TCI Sanmar for the anhydrous calcium chloride pellets/granules production at its site in Port Said (Egypt).

The technology supplier for the chemical plant is Zirax from Russia, a reputed global calcium chloride technology provider. Zirax’s responsibility is to transfer the technology of production of liquid & anhydrous product and to provide basic engineering and technical regulation documents. The plant commissioning is planned to be by the end of 2017.

The calcium chloride plant is a part of Sanmar’s already existing chemical complex, incorporating caustic soda plant, ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride monomer and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plants. This chemical complex produces hydrochloric acid, which will be used to manufacture calcium chloride.

TCI Sanmar chemicals has established world class Plants for manufacturing 200000 ton/yr of PVC and 275,000 ton/yr of caustic soda at Port Said, Egypt. These are the largest capacities in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region. The company has already invested $1.2 billion in its facilities at Port Said and in Phase 2 of the project the company will invest another $300 million taking the total investment to $1.5 billion. After the completion of phase 2 the PVC plant capacity will double to 400,000 ton/yr and a new calcium chloride granule plant with a capacity of 135,000 ton/yr will come up.