The subsidiary of the Baiterek holding company, Development Bank of Kazakhstan JSC, opened a credit line for Shymkent Chemical Company LLP for the construction of a new plant for the production of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in the city of Shymkent.
The project cost is 13.7 billion tenge, DBK provides a loan in the amount of 9 billion tenge for a period of up to 10 years, the rest of the amount of 4.7 billion tenge will be invested by the company at its own expense. The project is being implemented within the framework of the State program of industrial and innovative development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The financing provided by the bank will be directed to the design, construction and installation works of the plant, as well as the acquisition of equipment.
The project is expected to contribute to the development of the country's petrochemical industry by increasing the depth of processing of petrochemical raw materials (butane-butylene fraction) obtained in the refining process at the Shymkent oil refinery as part of its modernization. Further processing of the butane – butylene fraction at the ShKH plant will make it possible to organize the production of methyl tert butyl ether, which will be used by the Shymkent Oil Refinery for the production of high-octane gasolines of ecological classes K4 and K5.
The annual capacity of the new enterprise is 57 thousand tons of MTBE. The completion of construction works of the plant is scheduled for mid-2020. After the implementation of the project, the plant will have 152 new jobs.
“The implementation of this project will also make it possible to meet the needs of the domestic market in MTBE, in particular the Shymkent Oil Refinery,” said Duman Aubakirov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of DBK.
MTBE is one of the main oxygen-containing high-octane components used in the production of unleaded motor gasolines. It is used as an additive to motor fuels, increasing the octane number of gasolines and contributing to a more complete combustion of fuel. The annual demand of the Kazakhstani market for octane-enhancing additives is 80 thousand tons. Today in Kazakhstan there is only one MTBE production plant with a capacity of 20 thousand tons per year.
The Development Bank of Kazakhstan is a national development institute for the modernization and development of the non-resource and infrastructure sectors of the economy of Kazakhstan, created in 2001 and included in the structure of the Baiterek holding. The main areas of activity: the development of industrial infrastructure and manufacturing industry, the promotion and attraction of external and internal investments in the country's economy.