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Total’s C4 for European LLDPE market
Having recently inaugurated its 1.3 million tonnes/year ethylene plant in Qatar, French company Total Petrochemicals has commercialised C4-LLDPE grades consisting of various melt index and additive packages for the European market.

The Ras Laffan olefin cracker in Qatar will feed the company’s new Qatofin PE plant that was inaugurated in Mesaieed last year. The project is a joint venture with Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips with Total holding 22% equity stake.

To ensure a regular supply, Total has said it will hold strategic stocks of the Middle East-produced LLDPE resins at its European logistic hubs.

The company says that the addition of LLDPE C4 complements its European film product portfolio that already consists of Lumicene metallocene PE, HDPE and MDPE as well as LDPE and EVA.

The C4-LLDPE will be sold for blown/cast film applications as well as for the production of grass yarns and for use in cable applications.

Meanwhile, the ethane feedstock used in the Ras Laffan cracker comes from the North Field, a giant offshore gas field in which Total holds interests through the Dolphin and Qatargas I and II projects. Methane is treated for export in the Ras Laffan liquefaction plants and the associated ethane produced at Dolphin will be valourised by the Ras Laffan cracker as a raw material for the petrochemical industry.

Total has had a long partnership with Qatar since the foundation of Qapco in 1974 and has been present there since 1936 holding various interests.

 
 
 
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