EPCA '09: QAPCO delays new 1.3m tonne/year cracker start-up

06 October 2009 10:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--State-run Qatar Petrochemical Co (QAPCO) will delay the start up of its new 1.3m tonne/year Ras Laffan ethane cracker to the second half of 2010, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

The cracker, referred to as the Ras Laffan Olefin Co (RLOC), was originally scheduled to start up at the end of 2009 but faced unspecified delays, the source said on the sidelines of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) conference.

RLOC was expected to as much as double the ethylene export capability of 150,000 tonnes/year from Qatar when it is up and running.

Qapco currently runs a 720,000 tonne/year cracker in Mesaieed, Qatar, and downstream associated polyethylene plants.

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By: Steve Tan
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