Qatar Chemical Company Ltd (Q-Chem)
Qatar Chemical Company Ltd. (Q-Chem) is a Qatari company owned by Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company Q.S.C. (MPHC) 49 percent, Chevron Phillips Chemical International Qatar Holdings LLC (Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar) 49 percent, and QatarEnergy 2 percent.
MPHC is majority owned by QatarEnergy. The Q-Chem facility is a world-class integrated petrochemical plant producing high-density and medium-density polyethylene (HDPE & MDPE), 1-hexene and other products, using state-of-the-art technology provided by Chevron Phillips Chemical, a major integrated producer of chemicals and plastics.
Over US $1 billion was invested to engineer, construct and commission the Q-Chem facility, which began commercial operations in 2004.
Located in Mesaieed Industrial City, the Q-Chem complex has a production capacity of 453,000 metric tons per annum (MTA) of polyethylene and a 1-hexene unit with a production capacity 47,000 MTA. The complex also consists of sulfur recovery and solidification plant, a water treatment plant, seawater cooling system, dock facilities and administrative buildings.
Qatar Chemical Company II Ltd (Q-Chem II)
Following the outstanding performance of the first Q-Chem plant production, profitability, and safety, our far-sighted founders embarked on a new 2 billion USD project called Q-Chem II. Constructed adjacent to the Q-Chem plant in Mesaieed Industrial City, the Q-Chem II facility takes advantage of economies of scale to produce 350,000 MTA of HDPE, and introduced the first full range Normal Alpha Olefins (NAO) unit with a production capacity 345,000 MTA.
Q-Chem II is a joint venture between MPHC 49 percent, Chevron Phillips Chemical Qatar 49 percent, and QatarEnergy 2 percent. The plant began commercial operations in 2010 and has raised the Q-Chem HDPE production capacity by 77 percent from 453,000 MTA to 803,000 MTA to meet the increasing demand of customers in Asia, Europe and Africa. Similarly the NAO plant produces full range of alpha olefins including 1-butene, 1-hexene, 1-octene, 1-decene, and higher molecular weight olefins. Both HDPE and NAO plants utilize Chevron Phillips Chemical’s proprietary loop-slurry process for high-density polyethylene, which offers several advantages over competing gas-phase and solution-phase polyethylene processes.
Ras Laffan Olefins Company Ltd (RLOC)
Ras Laffan Olefins Company Ltd (RLOC) is a Qatari company, 53.31 percent-owned by Q-Chem II and 45.69 percent-owned by Qatofin Company Limited (Q.S.C.) (Qatofin) and QatarEnergy 1 percent. RLOC constructed a world-class 1.3 million MTA ethylene cracker unit which was inaugurated in 2010. The cracker is operated by Q-Chem II on behalf of RLOC partners. Ethylene produced by RLOC is transported from Ras Laffan to Q-Chem II and Qatofin derivatives units in Mesaieed via a 135km pipeline. In Mesaieed, 700,000 MTA of ethylene is allocated to Q-Chem II and 600,000 MTA is allocated to Qatofin.