Petrochemical Operations: Joint venture almost doubles Qatar's ethylene capacity

Q-Chem will complete its Mesaieed, Qatar, petrochemical complex in the third quarter of 2002 (Fig. 1). Photograph courtesy of Q-Chem.Click here to enlarge imageQatar Chemical Co. Ltd. (Q-Chem) is building a grassroots petrochemical facility that will almost double the current 525,000 tonne/year (tpy) ethylene capacity at the Mesaieed industrial area in Qatar (Fig. 1). Its commercial operation, planned for third quarter 2002 start-up, will coincide with several other large ethylene-capacity expansions in the Middle East and Asia (OGJ, Apr. 23, 2001, p. 61). The facility will produce ethylene, polyethylene, and hexene-1.Other support and utility units include feed treatment, air, nitrogen...

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