Qatar opens $695 million petrochemical plant

By an OGJ Online Correspondent

DOHA, June 21 -- Qatar Vinyl Co. Ltd. Thursday officially opened a $695 million petrochemical plant at Mesaieed Industrial City south of Doha.

The plant has nameplate capacity of 230,000 tonnes/year of vinyl chloride monomer, 175,000 tonnes of ethylene dichloride, and 290,000 tonnes/year of caustic soda.

The last of the three units, the VCM unit, came on stream June 4, said Norsk Hydro AS, which owns 29.7% of Qatar Vinyl. The first cargo left the plant in April.

Qatar General Petroleum Corp. owns 31.9%, Qatar Petrochemical Co. 25.5%, and Atofina 12.9%.

QVC is able to use surplus ethylene from Qatar Petroleum Co. as feedstock.

Krupp Uhde, a subsidiary of Germany's ThyssenKrupp Engineering, and Italian company Technipetrol SPA built the plant, which Hydro said has customers in Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

"Qatar is a highly advantageous location for the markets in Asia, and we no longer need to ship these products via Rafnes, for example. Our production in Qatar will help us compete for customers who have traditionally purchased from USA," said Anders Hermansson, head of Hydro's petrochemicals division.

A 120-Mw gas-fired power plant has also been built at the site.

Related Articles

IHS International: US poised to lead world exports of LPG

03/25/2014 US shale gas development has the country poised to become a major global supplier of LPG, mainly to Asia, during 2015-20 with US exports outdistanc...

Watching Government: Propane's 'perfect storm'

03/17/2014 If anyone wants to consider where oil and gas product distribution can go haywire, the recent domestic propane "perfect storm" bears exam...

Winter weather effects


Much of the US has experienced unrelenting cold weather during January and February.

Energy optimization drives design for Saudi Aramco NGL-recovery plant

02/03/2014 Designing a grassroots NGL-recovery plant in the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia required formulation of energy optimization initiatives because the ...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected