First Chemicals Joint Venture

Total joined Qatar in its first chemicals  joint venture in 1974 with a 10% share in Qatar Petrochemicals Company (Qapco).

Qapco operates a petrochemical complex manufacturing ethylene and    low-density polyethylene (LDPE), a type of plastic commonly used in food packaging, for worldwide export.

Qapco  has  two  major  assets:  an  ethane cracker with a capacity  of 800,000 tonnes per year and  two LDPE plants with a capacity of over 400,000 tonnes per year, located in Mesaieed in the south-east of Qatar.

In 2002, Total increased its participation in the facility to 20%.

In November   2012,   Qapco   inaugurated a third low-density polyethylene plant, LDPE 3, with a capacity of 300,000 t/y. This state-of- the-art facility pushes up the country’s output to over 700,000 t/y of LDPE.