GPCA: Qafco starts up urea unit ahead of schedule

12 September 2012 10:57  [Source: ICB]

Qatar Fertilizer Company (Qafco) started up its new 1.3m tonne/year Qafco VI urea plant in Doha, Qatar, in late July, two months ahead of market expectations.

The plant is operating at 50% of capacity and was expected to begin commercial production by the end of August, a source said. It had initially been due to start commercial production in October.

The Qafco VI project is expected to increase the company's production capacity for urea to 5.6m tonnes from 4.3m tonnes/year at present, according to the company. The project is estimated to have cost $610m (€504.5m) and has a total urea production capacity of 3,850 tonnes/day.

Qafco, which is majority owned by Industries Qatar, started its Qafco VI ammonia plant production in February and is currently operating it at around 70% of capacity. The 1.1m tonne/year Qafco V urea plant also started production in February.

The Qafco fertilizer complex is based at Mesaieed Industrial City in Qatar, 40km (24 miles) south of Doha.

By: John Baker
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