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ChemOrbis 2nd PO Event: Gaziantep to become a petchem hub

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 28/04/2015 (13:07)
Yavuz Eroglu, President of the Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation (PAGEV), introduced their “Merhaba” Integrated Plastic Park project (IPP) in a presentation at ChemOrbis 2nd Polyolefins Event in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Mr. Eroglu stated that Turkey and Saudi Arabia would co-operate in the development of the “Merhaba” IPP project in Gaziantep which is the number one city in the world in terms of polypropylene consumption.

During his presentation, Mr. Eroglu shared some valuable data on Turkey’s plastics processing development in the recent years. He also talked about the advantages and disadvantages that the Gulf Cooperative Countries (GCC) have in their petrochemical industry.

He highlighted that Turkey has the largest plastics processing capacity in the Middle East while standing in third place in Europe. However, the country is only able to produce 12% of its raw material needs. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest petrochemical producers in the world although Saudi Arabia has only a limited plastics processing capacity. According to Mr. Eroglu, PAGEV’s Merhaba IPP project aims to gather these two powers in Gaziantep in order to develop an integrated petrochemical park.
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