QATAR: Qapco LDPE plant to start production by year-end

Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) expects its new low-density polyethylene (LDPE-3) plant with a 300,000 tonnes-per-year (tpy) capacity to start production by the year-end.

Qapco's two existing low-density polyethylene production lines - LDPE 1 & 2 account for more than 400,000 tpy.

"Construction on site reached 2,764,520 man-hours without lost time accident,” Qapco said in a statement.

Qapco, a major global petrochemical producer, is also in the process of tendering for its ethylene plant revamp (EP3) to lift production to 900,000 tpy by mid-2012.

Qapco started its commercial ethylene production in 1980 with a design capacity of 360,000 tpy. The capacity was boosted to 525,000tpy in 1996 and 720,000 tpy through an expansion project (EP2) in 2007.(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)