(QatarEnergy, 8.Jun.2022) — QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) have announced awarding the early site works contract for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical Project (RLPP), marking the commencement of execution of the RLPP.
Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has been selected as the contractor to undertake this work and was awarded a lump-sum contract to prepare the site for the new facility within Ras Laffan Industrial City. Work will commence in June, at the conclusion of which the EPC contract for the project is expected to be awarded.
Commenting on the occasion, His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy said: “The award of this contract marks the start of the execution phase of RLPP, which is a major building block in QatarEnergy’s efforts to further expand and diversify its business portfolio and implement world-class downstream project. This project will increase Qatar’s polyethylene output capacity by approximately 64%.”
First announced in 2019, the project is a joint venture between QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips Chemical. The RLPP will feature a 2,080 kilo tons per annum (KTA) Ethane Cracking Unit making it the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world. The facility will also include two High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) units, which will significantly raise Qatar’s current Polyethylene production capacity.
The project has completed Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) in 2021, and is currently in the EPC tendering phase. When tendering is complete and a final investment decision has been made, the project will advance to the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction phase. The RLPP is expected to commence production in 2026.