His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, officially launched Qatar Petrochemical Company’s (QAPCO) new state-of-the-art low-density polyethylene plant at ceremony in Mesaieed Industrial City attended by ministers and other VVIP dignitaries, including senior executives from QAPCO’s shareholders, Industries Qatar and Total.
The ceremony was followed by His Highness taking a tour of the facility, LDPE 3, escorted by His Excellency Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, and QAPCO officials.
“Great achievements are the result of even greater visions,” said HE Dr. Al Sada. “This modern facility is a direct and physical manifestation of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, guided by the country’s wise leadership. While Qatar is blessed by plentiful natural resources, it is the value that is created by refining the raw products that the country moves towards its economic diversification goals in the next two decades. On a national level, the country and its people can be proud that with LDPE 3, we continue to reinforce Qatar’s position as not only a regional industrial power, but also a global one. With the launching of LDPE 3 and plans to develop other petrochemical plants, I am proud to say that Qatar is set to join the exclusive family of major petrochemical producers and exporters.”
Currently, QAPCO’s manufacturing facilities consist of an 800 KTPA (kilo-ton per annum) ethylene plant, a 70 KTPA sulfur processing facility, and two existing LDPE plants with total production capacity of 400 KTPA. And after LDPE 3 came fully online, that is designed to take advantage of the company’s excess ethylene feedstock, it will be able to produce an additional 300,000 metric tons of LDPE per year; thus increasing QAPCO’s annual production of LDPE to 700,000 metric tons per annum.
Designed to exploit QAPCO’s available surplus feedstock coming from its other facilities, LDPE 3’s products will be sold in international markets under the brand name ‘Lotrene’ – a name customer’s associate with quality and excellence.
QAPCO’s industrial clients will benefit from the facilities’ premium low density polyethylene, the raw material used in everything from packaging films, agricultural film, extrusion and coating lamination film, high clarity film, injection molding, pipes, cables, wires, and other related products.