QatarEnergy, Chevron Phillips Chemical Partner to Construct Integrated Polymers Complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar
QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC have announced plans to build a $6 billion integrated polymers complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.
The 435-acre project site will comprise an ethane cracker with a capacity of 2080 KTA of ethylene, making it the Middle East's and one of the world's largest. It will also have two high-density polyethylene derivative units totalling 1680 KTA.
Chevron Phillips Chemical will help manage the project. Early work on the site started in June 2022, and the project should be up and running by the end of 2026. The ethane cracker will be designed, bought, and built by a company that is a partnership between Samsung Engineering CO., Ltd. and CTCI Corporation. Tecnimont S.p.A will do the engineering, purchasing, and building of the polyethylene units.
Chevron Phillips Chemical's MarTech loop slurry process will be used in the polyethylene units to make high-density polyethylene, which will mostly be shipped out of the state of Qatar. Polyethene is used to make long-lasting things like kayaks and coolers, as well as pipes for natural gas and water delivery. It is also used to protect and keep food fresh and medical supplies clean and sterile.
The facility will be constructed using modern, energy-saving technology and ethane as feedstock. This, along with other measures, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to comparable facilities around the world.
“At Chevron Phillips Chemical, we continue to grow our global asset base where there is access to reliable, affordable feedstock. This investment will help meet global demand for polyethylene products,” said Bruce Chinn, President and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical. “We are excited to expand on the long and successful history we have with QatarEnergy to construct and operate world-scale facilities safely.”
Source: Chevron Phillips Chemical