Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO)
Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) was established by Emiri Decree in 1974 to utilize associated ethane gas from petroleum production in line with the industrialization plan of the State of Qatar. QAPCO commenced full commercial operations in 1981 and within a short period of time the company established itself for its quality and reliability.
The company is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum with an 80% share and Atofina of France holding a 20% stake.
QAPCO is in the business of manufacturing high quality ethylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE) and other petrochemical products. LDPE is marketed under the brand name Lotrene and QAPCO is currently the largest producer of LDPE in the Middle East with a capacity of 360,000 metric tons per annum (MTA), in addition to producing 525,000 MTA of ethylene and 70,000 MTA of sulphur.
Different LDPE grades are available to satisfy the requirements of most thermoplastic processing techniques including blown film extrusion, cast film extrusion, extrusion coating, wire and cable coating, injection moulding and blow moulding.
The rest of the ethylene produce is supplied to Qatar Vinyl Company (QVC). Sulfur is generated as a by-producy during the production process.
LPDE products are marketed worldwide and serve more than 4,000 customers from over 70 countries in the Middle East, Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Europe.
The remaining ethylene is sold primarily to customers in Indonesia, India and other countries in Asia.
One initiative, the Ethane Recovery Unit (ERU), has enhanced feed gas processing capabilities, subsequently increasing ethylene production by 30,000 MTA.
The company's plants are situated on the coast with jetty facilities and are well connected to road transport, enabling QAPCO to successfully export its entire range of products with pronounced ease.