Qatar's QAPCO eyes Ras Laffan cracker start-up in 2H '09

16 December 2008 10:22  [Source: ICIS news]

QAPCO crackerSINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Qatar Petrochemical Co (QAPCO) plans to start up its 1.3m tonne/year joint venture cracker in Ras Laffan in the second-half of 2009, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

The cracker was expected to come on stream in the second quarter of next year, but the start-up date was pushed back slightly due to adjustments to the construction schedule, the source said.

The Qatofin/Q-Chem cracker project would have an ethylene capacity of 1.3m tonnes/year, which could be later expanded to 1.6m tonnes/year, the source said.

Qatofin is owned by QAPCO (63%), Total Petrochemicals (36%) and Qatar Petroleum (1%). Q-Chem is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical.

QAPCO also runs a 720,000 tonne/year cracker at Mesaieed, which is running at 100% capacity, the source said.

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