ERJ staff report (TP)
Doha − Qatar Petroleum (QP) and two Japanese companies, Zeon Corporation and Mitsui & Co Ltd, on 8 December signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of an integrated butadiene extraction and elastomer complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar News Agency reported.
Under the agreement, the partners will undertake a detailed feasibility study to evaluate the technical, commercial and economic aspects of the integrated world scale butadiene and synthetic rubber/elastomer project.
The feedstock will come from the planned Al-Sejeel Petrochemicals Complex and the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex, both of which are currently under development, as well as from the existing plant of Ras Laffan Olefins Company.
The butadiene will be extracted from feedstock and then converted into high-value elastomers like styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (PBR) using Zeon’s state-of-the-art technology.
Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of QP, Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, said: "The elastomers from this project will create new opportunities to develop small and medium scale enterprises and private industries in the downstream sector, as well as other automobile related industries.”
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Press release from Qatar News Agency