SACE signs agreement with Saneg for methanol-to-olefin gas chemical complex

(Hydrocarbon Engineering, Surrey, 13 June 2023) Italy’s State Export Credit Agency (SACE) has signed a financial memorandum with Uzbekistan’s largest oil company, Saneg, concerning an innovative methanol-to-olefin gas chemical complex (GCC MTO), that is currently under construction in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan. Masrur Shakirov, General Director of GCC MTO, said: “Italian financial and technical support have been crucial to the development of this facility from the very beginning. The new memorandum confirms Italy’s ongoing commitment to supporting GCC MTO, while providing substantial new credit facilities to Saneg from Italian financial institutions.” This is the second major agreement recently finalised concerning GCC MTO. On 25 May 2023, Gas Chemical Complex MTO Central Asia LLC signed an industrial gas processing agreement with Air Products to build a methanol production facility. Known as Methanol Island, the facility would have capacity of 1.34 million tpy, as part of the GCC MTO complex.