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Inauguration of the Ras Laffan Olefins Co. (RLOC) Cracker, Qatar

04.01.2011  | 

A joint venture between Qapco1 (63.63%), Total Petrochemicals France (36.36%) and QP (Qatar Petroleum)2 (0.01%) was established in June 2002 to implement the Qatofin project. This project includes participation in one of the world’s largest ethane crackers in Ras Laffan, a linear-low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in Mesaiseed and the related ethylene pipeline linking both sites.

Keywords: [olefins] [petrochemicals] [Middle East] [construction]

Qatofin is a joint venture between Qapco1 (63.63%), Total Petrochemicals France (36.36%) and QP (Qatar Petroleum)2 (0.01%) established in June 2002 to implement the Qatofin project. This project includes participation in one of the world’s largest ethane crackers in Ras Laffan (Fig. 1), a linear-low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in Mesaiseed and the related ethylene pipeline linking both sites (Fig. 2).

The construction of this major project started in September 2005. The foundation stone of the Ras Laffan cracker was laid down on May 19, 2006; that of the polyethylene plant on May 22, in the presence of Qatari authorities and the representatives of Total Petrochemicals and Qapco.

The capital investment for Qatofin reached $1.2 billion; including its share of the cracker. Thanks to its implementation, the production of polyethylene (PE) on the Qapco/Qatofin site in Mesaieed will reach more than 1.1 million tpy.

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