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LAB plant to produce 104 metric tons of benzene per day

Feb '07
Under the Auspices of His Highness, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially inaugurated, on behalf of His Highness, the SEEF Ltd. Company's new Linear Alkyl Benzene plant in Mesaieed. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries and guests from Qatar and abroad.

Built at a cost of about US$300 million, Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) plant is situated adjacent to Qatar Petroleum Refinery in the industrial area of Mesaieed, about 40 Kms from Doha. Its proximity to the QP Refinery was selected for its source of feedstock and sharing of various common utilities.

SEEF Limited is a joint stock company with Qatar Petroleum holding 80% of the shares while 20% is held by United Development Company (UDC). The Company was incorporated under the law of State of Qatar and was registered in July 2004.

The plant consists of seven main units in addition to the associated utilities & off-sites facilities. The plant is designed to produce 260 metric tons per day of normal paraffin from kerosene supplied by QP Refinery and also 104 metric tons per day of Benzene, recovered from treated Pygas, supplied from QAPCO and Q-Chem.

Part of Benzene is also produced from Reformate supplied by QP Refinery. Return streams improve the Refinery gasoline specifications which is used as vehicle fuel, thus contributing to a reduction of environmental pollution. A small quantity (3,600 tons/annum) of by-product Heavy Alkyl Benzene (HAB) is also produced which is used as a base for lube oil manufacture.

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