Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO)
Incorporated in 1974 as a joint venture, the Company is currently owned by IQ (80%) and Total Petrochemicals (France) (20%). QAPCO has two joint ventures, Qatofin Company Limited Q.S.C., and Qatar Vinyl Company Limited Q.S.C., and an associate, Qatar Plastic Products Company W.L.L.
QAPCO together with its joint venture entities is engaged in the production of poly-olefins, poly-ethylene and chlor-alkali products.
The current group share of QAPCO’s normalized production and saleable capacities of key products are:
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Ethylene is used as a feedstock for a wide range of petrochemicals. A significant portion is used by QAPCO and Qatofin for the production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), with the remainder sold to QVC for the production of a range of chlor-alkali products and export.
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)
LDPE and LLDPE are thermoplastics produced from the feed monomer ethylene through the process of polymerization. Various grades of LDPE and LLDPE are produced which are suitable for a wide range of thermoplastics processing techniques with applications such as films, pipes, cables and wires and other moulded products.
High quality sulphur is generated as a by-product from the ethylene production process.
The limited quantities of pyrolysis gasoline produced by QAPCO are used by a local company as a feedstock.
Mixed LPG, C3 / C4
The minimal quantities of mixed LPG generated are supplied to the local NGL plants to produce propane and butane.