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Doubts Grow Over Three Ethylene JV’s in Qatar

9:24 AM MDT | September 22, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Qatar Petroleum (QP) has shelved a $500-million expansion of the common seawater cooling system at the Ras Laffan, Qatar gas and petrochemical complex, according to a report in the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED). The expansion was to have supplied 1 million cu meters/hour of cooling water by 2010. QP has told contractors that the postponement is due to a lack of demand from petchem companies planning to build plants on the plots of land the expanded cooling system would have served, MEED says. QP’s decision casts doubt on three ethylene projects at Ras...

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