Delay in cracker could compel Qatofin to externally source ethylene for new PE plant

Start up of the Ras Laffan Olefins Co ethane cracker, with capacity to produce 1.3 mln tpa of ethylene has been delayed due to a technical glitch. The ethylene from this cracker was to serve as feedstock for Qatofin’s linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant. Due to unavailability of domestic feedstock, Qatofin, a petrochemicals venture of Industries Qatar and Total, could have to opt for sourcing ethylene from external sources. These sources could be domestic ethylene from other sources as well as imports.
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