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Samsung Engineering secures EPC contract for Ras Laffan project

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Samsung Engineering secures EPC contract for Ras Laffan project

SCJV, a joint venture company between Samsung Engineering Co. of South Korea and Taiwan’s CTCI has been awarded a portion of QatarEnergy’s Ras Laffan Petrochemicals Project (RLPP), which includes the ethylene unit and its utilities.

Source: Oil & Gas Middle East

Once completed, the ethylene plant will be one of the largest in the world by capacity. The project consists of an ethylene unit and two high-density polyethylene units. The total cost of the project is $6 billion and startup is anticipated in late 2026.

Ras Laffan petrochemicals project is 70% owned by QatarEnergy and 30% by Chevron Phillips.

Originally announced in 2019, the project highlights how Middle East oil producers are expanding further into petrochemicals, used in the production of plastics and packaging materials, to move into new markets and find new sources of income beyond exporting crude oil and natural gas. (Reuters)

The complex, located in Ras Laffan industrial city, is an important milestone in Qatar's downstream expansion strategy.

Qatar, one of the world's top producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will see its ethylene production capacity double on the back of the new complex. Local polymer production will also increase from 2.6 million to 4 million tonnes per annum.

The Ras Laffan Petrochemicals Project consists of two packages. The SCJV was awarded Package 1, which is to build a 2.08 million tons ethylene production unit, utilities, and office facilities.

Samsung Engineering will be in charge of engineering for the major ethylene production facilities with the scope of work including C2 hydrogenation, hydrogen purification unit, and three main compressors. 

CTCI Corporation will be in charge of engineering for the furnaces and utility infrastructure, including steam/condensate collecting, boiler feed water, etc.

Procurement and construction work will be carried out jointly by the SCJV. The ethylene produced will be delivered as feedstock to Package 2, which encompasses two high-density polyethylene units.

The EPC contract for the polyethylene plant was awarded to Maire Tecnimont of Italy while Emerson of the US was awarded the main automation contract.