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Qatar Ethylene Complex Enters Start-up Phase

5:32 AM MST | November 24, 2009 | Natasha Alperowicz in Ras Laffan

Ras Laffan Olefins Co. (RLOC), a joint venture in which Qatofin has 45.7%, Q-Chem 2 53.3%, and Qatar Petroleum (QP) 1%, has begun the process of starting up a 1.3-million m.t./year ethylene plant at Ras Laffan, Qatar. "We have received ethane from QP and are planning to begin production on December 24 with on-spec, polymer-grade ethylene expected in the first week of January," says Jean-Pierre Bourliot, project manager at RLOC. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2010, he says. The ethane cracker cost $1 billion to...

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