05 April 2010 07:34 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Qatar Chemical Co (Q-Chem) plans to export 35% of the output from its new high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Mesaieed industrial city to Europe and Africa, and 55% to Asia, a company source said on Monday.
“Only 10% of the output will be sold locally,” the source added.
The company expects to start up the new HDPE and alpha olefins plants in Qatar, each with a capacity of 350,000 tonnes/year, by the middle of 2010, he said.
The HDPE grades produced by the new plant will increasingly focus on segments such as plastic drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). “There is a growing demand for these end use segments,” the source said.
Alpha olefins are used in the production of polymers, including polyethylene.
Access to Chevron Phillips’ HDPE technology would give Q-Chem an edge in the high end European market, the source said.
The plants will source ethylene feedstock from the recently started cracker at Ras Laffan, Qatar. The 1.3m tonne/year cracker, also known as the Ras Laffan Olefins Co, is jointly owned by Q-Chem (53%) and Qatofin (46%). Qatar Petroleum also owns the remaining 1% stake directly.
Q-Chem has an existing 500,000 tonne/year cracker and 450,000 tonne/year HDPE plant at Mesaieed.
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