Chevron Phillips plans Qatar PE site
MESAIEED, QATAR - Production is set to start next month at a petrochemicals complex in Mesaieed. The project - including a 1 billion-pound-capacity polyethylene plant - is operated by Qatar Chemical Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC of Houston and state-owned Qatar Petroleum.
The PE plant, which will use Chevron Phillips' proprietary slurry-loop technology, will be able to produce both high and linear low density PE, according to Chevron Phillips spokesman Scott Scheffler. The firm declined to say which of those two materials will be produced first.
Most of the site's output will be sold in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, Scheffler added. Officials expect the plant to be in full production by June.
The site, which employs 575, also includes 1.1 billion pounds of annual ethylene feedstock production and almost 105 million pounds of 1-hexene monomer, which also uses proprietary Chevron Phillips technology.
The second phase of the project will include new PE and alpha olefins plants adjacent to the complex. Production at those plants is to launch in 2007.
Major-Prime adding warehouse space
VILLA PARK, ILL. - For the second time in four months, resin distributor Major-Prime Plastics Inc. is adding warehouse space in Villa Park, where it is based.
Major-Prime took on an additional 6,000 square feet in a leased facility Jan. 1 and plans to add 16,000 square feet there this month, according to operations Vice President John Miguel. Major-Prime first occupied 20,000 square feet in the 100,000-square-foot building in October.
The additional space is about four miles away from Major-Prime's primary, 100,000-square-foot site, which it owns.
Major-Prime moves about 200 million pounds of resin a year, primarily by repackaging polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene from rail cars into bulk trucks, boxes and bags. The firm also does resin blending in lots up to 50,000 pounds and does a small business in its own resins.
The firm's sales volume for January was up considerably from the same month in 2002, Miguel said.
The expansions have led Major-Prime to add eight employees since October, bringing its work force to 35. The February expansion will result in two or three hires, Miguel said.
Major-Prime does not release sales figures. The firm is owned by President John Hadley. His father, Frank, founded the firm and was active in management almost 40 years before retiring in 2001.