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Kuwait names US firm for Canada manufacturing plant design

The US's Jacobs Engineering Company will provide initial design and cost assessment for the project, which is being implemented by Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co

Jacobs Engineering will provide initial design services for Kuwait's polypropylene project in Canada [representational image].
Jacobs Engineering will provide initial design services for Kuwait's polypropylene project in Canada [representational image].

A Kuwaiti authority has picked a US-headquartered designer for an upcoming manufacturing plant in Canada. 

Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) signed an initial agreement for the polypropylene project. 

READ: Kuwait mulls investment in Canada petrochem sector

The agreement was signed through the Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation. 

Jacobs Engineering Company, a US-headquartered company, will work on the project's initial design. 

PIC's chief executive officer, Mohammed Al-Farhoud, said Jacobs would also provide an initial cost assessment for the project by Q4 2018. 

Upon completion, the facility is expected to have a production capacity of approximately 500,000 tonnes (550,000 tons). 

Last December, the Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation received a conditional royalty credit of $300m (KWD90.8m) from Alberta Energy to work on the project.

Al-Farhoud said the Canadian project was "one of the major endeavours [being] carried out" by PIC outside Kuwait, and would "bolster Kuwait's status within the global petrochemical industry". 

PIC announced its intention to build in Canada last April. 

READ: Kuwaiti petrochem firm enters plastic recycling partnership

At the time, PIC and Canada's Pembina Pipeline Corporation announced they would jointly develop a feasibility study for a petrochemical facility in the latter's Alberta province. 

PIC and Pembina aimed to study the potential to develop a propane de-hydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) plant in Canada.  

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