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Project Profile

Q-Chem Petrochemical Complex

Client: Country: Scope: Year Awarded: Status:

Q-Chem (QP & Chevron Phillips JV) Qatar EPC, Commissioning & Startup October 1999 Forcasted Completion 4Q 2002


Installed Cost $ US: $760 Million

Ethylene Furnaces

Features Grassroots complex producing ethylene, polyethylene and 1-Hexene Scope includes acid gas treating, sulfur recovery unit, tail gas treating unit, offsites, utilities, dock and pipelines First commercial application of proprietary Chevron Phillips 1-Hexene process Executed with KBR leading a joint venture with Technip First post-merger execution with M.W. Kellogg, Brown & Root and C.F. Braun as part of the Halliburton organization Site was raised by 3.5 meters of fill because plant is located on a former tidal flat Worldwide procurement effort and global workforce

Q-Chem Petrochemical Complex

Project Description The Q-Chem petrochemical complex is a grassroots plant producing 500,000 TPA ethylene, which is then used to produce 462,000 TPA polyethylene and 47,000 TPA 1-Hexene. The feedstock is sour ethane.
The plant is located in Mesaieed Industrial City in Qatar, on the Arabian Gulf approximately 40 km south of the capital, Doha. Q-Chem is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPC). CPC provided the technology for this first commercial application of their 1-Hexene process, along with their proven polyethylene process.

The ethylene unit was based on the Braun process design, while Technip provided the sulfur recovery design. KBR led a joint venture with Technip, and the project was managed from Houston. Engineering work for the project was executed in Houston, Paris, Chennai, Monterrey, Milan, Rome and San Dimas (California). Following the completion of engineering, the project management team and key specialists transitioned to the site in Qatar to ensure a smooth completion of the project

Administrative Building Complex

PE Reactor Structure

PE Warehouse and Dock

Achievements OSHA Recordable Incident Rate = 0.20 Over 14 million consecutive work-hours without a lost-time incident Successful worldwide procurement effort and global workforce Excellent communication effort between the site and multiple engineering offices

KBR Scope KBR led a joint venture with Technip to perform engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup.

For more information contact: Buddy Meyer Manager of Proposals

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