Contract awards move Qatari petrochemical plant ahead

Qatar Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (Qapco) has awarded another contract in the project to build the Al Sejeel petrochemical complex at Ras Laffan. Bechtel, Houston, will provide project management starting with front-end engineering and design, Bechtel reported.

The complex will include an ethylene cracker fed by natural gas produced from Qatari projects and will produce ethylene, high-density polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, and butadiene. Start-up targets 2018.

In June, Qatar Petroleum and Qapco signed technology license contracts for the complex with Univation Technologies for the PE technology and with Dow Chemical Co. for the PP technology. With those signings, the Al Sejeel plant will be designed to produce 2.2 million tonnes/year of polymers.

In February, QP and Qapco signed heads of agreement jointly to develop the petrochemical complex, with QP and Qapco holding 80% and 20% equity interest, respectively.

The Al Sejeel petrochemical project is part of Qatar’s large-scale expansion of the petrochemicals sector, the companies said in June. It will raise the country’s petrochemical output to 23 million tpy by 2020.

Contact Warren R. True at warrant@ogjonline.com.

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