Qapco ethylene revamp takes shape

23 August 2002

Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) has invited Stone & Webster, part of the US' Shaw Group, and Paris-based Technip-Coflexip, to prepare pre and basic engineering studies for the balance works package on its ethylene upgrade project. The two companies have been given about three months to prepare the studies and submit a quote for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package. Once received, Qapco will select one of the companies to carry out the EPC contract (MEED 5:7:02).

The balance of works package is the second contract on the estimated $100 million revamp, which is aimed at increasing Qapco's ethylene capacity to 720,000 tonnes a year (t/y) from the existing 525,000 t/y.

For the other EPC package - covering the furnaces - Qapco is evaluating technical bids from Stone & Webster and Germany's Linde(MEED 26:4:02).

Mesaieed-based Qapco will use the additional ethylene production to top up supplies to its neighbour, Qatar Vinyl Company. Some of the output will also be exported, while the remainder will be used by Qapco as feedstock for an expansion of its own low density polyethylene capacity. Under a planned debottlenecking programme, existing polyethylene capacity will be raised by 50,000 t/y to 430,000 t/y.

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