Bidders line up for Qapco ethylene works

01 March 2002

International contractors are preparing to submit engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids in late March for a contract to install new furnaces at Qatar Petrochemical Company's (Qapco's)ethylene plant. The project forms part of Qapco's plans to carry out a major revamp of the cracker, which will see capacity rise to 720,000 tonnes a year (t/y) from the existing 525,000 t/y. The revamp is being undertaken in anticipation of Qapco receiving additional ethane gas supplies.

Three companies are expected to bid for the furnaces package, which is valued at about $100 million. They are Paris-based Technip, US-based ABB Lummus Globaland Germany's Linde. The project is due to be completed in late 2004.

Qapco announced last October plans for the ethylene plant's revamp. At the time, it also said that in parallel with the upgrade, its low density polyethylene plant would be debottlenecked, raising its capacity to 750 tonnes a day (t/d) from 600 t/d (MEED 12:10:01).

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