20 April 2010 03:20 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Qatofin is likely to achieve commercial production at its 450,000 tonne/year linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in ?xml:namespace>
“The plant was completed last year and we carried out some trial runs in August but shut [it] down again because of lack of ethylene as our feedstock supplier was behind schedule,” the source said at the ChinaPlas exhibition in
Chinaplas, which is Asia's largest annual plastisc event, runs from 19-22 April.
Ras Laffan Olefins Co’s 1.3m tonne/year cracker is in the process of being brought on-stream and once production has been stabilised, ethylene will be fed into the pipeline that links the cracker to Qatofin, he added.
Also downstream of the new cracker is the Q-Chem 350,000 tonne/year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and alpha olefins plants, which are due for start-up by the middle of the year.
Q-Chem is a joint venture between
The cracker, meanwhile, is jointly owned by Q-Chem (53%) and Qatofin (46%). Qatar Petroleum owns the remaining 1%.
With additional reporting by Prema Viswanathan
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