Corrected: NPRA ’09: ExxonMobil optimistic on Qatar complex

30 March 2009 21:39  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined “NPRA ’09: ExxonMobil optimistic on Qatar complex” dated 30 March 2009, please read throughout the story … Wojnar … instead of … Wolnar …. A corrected story follows.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--US-based ExxonMobil Chemical is optimistic about the development of its joint venture cracker and derivatives project in Qatar, despite reports about delays, senior vice president TJ Wojnar said on Monday.

“We are still developing that project with our partner Qatar Petroleum (QP)," Wojnar said. "We feel good about the ethane feedstock position and plan to build metallocene polyethylene [PE] capacity there as well.

“This will be a worldscale cracker with potentially other derivatives. We are working on the configuration of these other derivative facilities."

Wojnar spoke on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), sponsored by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA).

In March, ICIS reported that a source close to the Qatar project said that the US major and QP delayed awarding the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract from December 2008 to the first quarter of 2009.

The timing of the Qatar joint-venture project and capacities have yet to be decided, Wojnar said.

“We are very optimistic about this project as work continues with our partner,” he said.

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