Qatofin produces linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), mainly for export, and has a production capacity of more than 570 kilo tonnes per annum (ktpa).
QAPCO is the operator of the Qatofin LLDPE plant. LLDPE is usually used for plastic bags and sheets, plastic wrap, stretch wrap, toys, covers, lids, pipes, buckets and containers, cable coverings and flexible tubing, among other applications.
The ethylene feedstock required for the LLDPE unit in Mesaieed is supplied from an ethylene cracker of 1.3 MTPA in Ras Laffan Industrial City through a 133 km pipeline. This cracker is owned by Ras Laffan Olefins Company (RLOC), which is a joint venture between Qatofin (45.7%), Q-Chem-II (53.3%) and Qatar Petroleum (1% ). The RLOC cracker was established in 2005, at the same time as Qatofin, and is managed and operated by Q-Chem II.