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LLDPE start up in Qatar
Qatar celebrated another milestone in the development of the petrochemical sector with the inauguration of Qatofin’s 450,000 tonnes/year LLDPE plant in the Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC).

Qatofin is a joint venture between Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) (63%), Total Petrochemicals (36%) and Qatar Petroleum (1%). The new facility is located adjacent to Qapco's plant at MIC.

The feedstock ethylene required for the LLDPE unit will be supplied from the world’s largest single ethylene cracker of 1.3 million tonnes/year (expandable to 1.6 million tonnes/year) in Ras Laffan Industrial City.

The cracker is owned by Ras Laffan Olefins Company (RLOC), a joint venture between Qatofin (45.7%), Q-Chem (II) (53.3%) and QP (1%). The produced ethylene will be sent through a pipeline from RLOC to Qatofin and Q Chem II.

Both the Qatofin and RLOC projects are designed with a view to optimising the utilisation of ethane gas feedstock that will be made available as a result of further development of the country’s gas resources. By combining the interests of the existing petrochemical investors in Qatar, one of the world’s largest ethane cracker has been created with a view to maximising economies of scale as well as developing synergies with other petrochemical ventures in the country.

The total investment by Qatofin in the LLDPE plant and its share in the RLOC cracker is estimated at QR5 billion.

 
 
 
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