Qatar’s Ras Laffan Olefin Cracker inaugurated

04 May 2010 16:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Qatar Petrochemical Co’s (QAPCO) Ras Laffan Olefin Cracker (RLOC) based on ethane, in Qatar, has been inaugurated, project partner Total Petrochemicals said on Tuesday.

Ethylene from the 1.3m tonne/year plant would be piped from the offshore gas field, North Field, across Qatar to Mesaieed, where it will feed Qatofin's new 450,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, which was inaugurated last November.

Total said that through participations in Qapco and Qatofin, it holds 22.2% of the RLOC project, which had been hit by delays. The other partners are Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, the group said.

“With the start-up last November of the Qatofin polyethylene plant and now with the Ras Laffan cracker, Total is further strengthening its partnership with the Qatari energy and petrochemical sector,” said Francois Cornelis, vice chairman of the executive committee of Total and president chemicals.

“These major projects are considerably enhancing our position in petrochemicals, in particular in the growing markets in Asia and the Middle East,” he added.

Ras Laffan is being constructed using technology from France's Technip. It is 53% owned by Q-CHEM, a joint venture between US group Chevron Phillips Chemical and state-owned Qatar Petroleum.

Qatofin, a joint venture between France's Total and Qatar Petrochemical Company, owns 46%. Qatar Petroleum owns a 1% stake directly.

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