Qatar Petroleum, Chevron Phillips to setup petrochem plant
July 26, 2019 - United States Of America
Qatar Petroleum has signed an agreement with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC to develop a new world-scale petrochemical project. The complex will be located in the in the Gulf Coast region of the United States, where there is direct access to significant ethane quantities produced by US shale basins, including the prolific Permian Basin.
With an estimated cost of around $8 billion, the US Gulf Coast II Petrochemical Project (USGC II) will include an ethylene cracker with a capacity of 2 million tons per annum making it the largest cracker in the world, and two high-density polyethylene units with a capacity of one million tons per annum each.
Pursuant to the agreement, Qatar Petroleum will own a 49 per cent share in the USGC II project, while Chevron Phillips Chemical will own the remaining 51 per cent share and provide project management and oversight and be responsible for the operation and management of the facility.
The agreement was signed earlier this month by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, and his Chevron Phillips counterpart Mark E Lashier, in the presence of US President Donald Trump and Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
“This is the second agreement of its kind in as many weeks, with our trusted partner, Chevron Phillips Chemical, to further cement the strong partnership between our two companies and to complement Qatar Petroleum’s international portfolio in the United States, which is a core growth area for us as we believe it has great prospects and growth opportunities,” said Al-Kaabi, who is also Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs.
“This important project will help meet increasing global demand for petrochemicals market. It also showcases the momentum of Qatar Petroleum’s international growth strategy, which has taken robust steps in various upstream and downstream activities in many parts of the world,” Al-Kaabi added.
“Qatar Petroleum is already a terrific partner of Chevron Phillips Chemical on petrochemical ventures in Qatar and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the United States as we jointly seek to develop a new petrochemical facility along the US Gulf Coast. Qatar Petroleum’s financial strength, its commitment to safety as a core value and shared belief in our strategy to build facilities located close to competitive feedstocks makes this an ideal relationship,” said Lashier.
The award of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the USGC II project is currently planned for 2021 with targeted start-up of the new facility in 2024.
In June 2019, Qatar Petroleum announced a joint venture with Chevron Phillips Chemical to pursue a world-scale petrochemical plant in Qatar at the Ras Laffan Industrial City with a nameplate capacity of 1.9 million tons of ethylene per annum, making it the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world. (RKS)