AFPM ’14: Qatar’s Al-Karaana project start-up set for 2H 2018

30 March 2014 22:21 Source:ICIS News

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)—The Al-Karaana petrochemical project in Qatar’s Ras Laffan, which will include monoethylene glycol (MEG), oxo-alcohols and linear alpha olefin (LAO)s, has set its start-up date for the second half of 2018, a senior executive at Muntajat said on Sunday.

The joint venture between Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Co (Muntajat) (80%) and Shell Chemicals (20%), will include a 1.5m tonne/year MEG plant, a 277,000 tonnes/year oxo alcohols unit, and 300,000 tonnes/year linear alpha olefins (LAO), he added on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

The oxo-alcohols unit will include 100,000 tonnes/year 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH), 150,000 tonnes/year normal butyl alcohol (NBA), and 27,000 tonnes/year isobutanol (IBA), he showed in a company presentation. 

The project, which is due for its full investment decision (FID) in 2015, will use as feedstock ethane and propane from Qatar’s North Field.

Hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the IPC runs through Tuesday.

By Barbara Ortner