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.