07/05/2010

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Inauguration of world's largest ethane cracker in Ras Laffan, Qatar

The ethane feedstock used in the Ras Laffan cracker comes from the North Field,a giant offshore gas field in which Total holds interests through the Dolphin and Qatargas I and II projects. The natural gas (methane) is treated for export in the liquefaction plants also based in Ras Laffan and the associated ethane produced at Dolphin will be valorised by the Ras Laffan cracker as raw material for the petrochemical industry.
Total Petrochemicals has a long record of partnerships with Qatar since the foundation of Qapco in 1974. "With the start-up last November of the Qatofin polyethylene plant and now with the Ras Laffan cracker, Total is further strengthening its partnership with the Qatari energy and petrochemical sector. These major projects are considerably enhancing our position in Petrochemicals, in particular in the growing markets in Asia and the Middle East”, stated François Cornélis, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of Total and President Chemicals.

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