South Korea's Honam Petrochemical Corporation and Qatar Intermediate Holdings Company (a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum) JV has invited contractors to submit prequalification applications by the end of May for the downstream portion of their planned petrochemicals complex at Mesaieed. Once prequalification applications have been submitted and evaluated, tenders will be issued, with awards scheduled for either late 2008 or early 2009.
The downstream packages cover the engineering, procurement and construction of an aromatics facility, polyolefins units and ethyl benzene styrene monomer plant. The aromatics plant will produce benzene, which in turn will be converted to 600000 tpa of styrene monomer, and 200000 tpa of polystyrene. Propylene from the cracker will feed two polypropylene units, with total capacity of 700000 tpa. A 900,000 tpa ethane/naphtha cracker forms the hub of the complex.