State-of-the-art facilities and services supporting Qatar industry.
Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC) is located approximately 40 kilometers south of Doha on the east coast of Qatar. The City has transformed itself over the years from a simple port facility exporting crude oil into Qatar’s main industrial city and center for petrochemical and oil refining activities.
Mesaieed Industrial City Management, a Directorate of Qatar Petroleum, was established in 1996 as a single point authority to provide "one stop" services to all businesses in Mesaieed, to develop a strategic plan for the allocation of land, to provide common port, marine and infrastructure facilities and to at¬tract light, medium, and support industries to compliment the larger businesses.
MIC’s industrial area accommodates an oil refinery, a fertilizer complex, petrochemical complexes, natural gas liquids plant and a steel mill, in addition to oil receiving terminal and export facilities. The existing infrastructure and utilities network is being completely upgraded to ensure state-of-the art facilities and services in support of existing as well as new industries. A separate industrial zone for light and support industries is also being upgraded to attract new investors.
In addition, MIC manages the municipal role in Mesaieed to ensure clean, orderly, and hygienic public facilities, including restaurants, parks, recreation facilities, shopping centers, beaches, etc.
Major Industries in Mesaieed:
Qatar Petroleum Natural Gas Liquids Complex
QP started producing natural gas liquids from its NGL plants in the 1970s. The complex currently contains four major NGL processing plants and an off plot facility for product storage and export.
Qatar Petroleum Refinery
Wholly owned by QP, the refinery produces liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and fuel oil. At its current capacity of 137,000 barrels per day (b/d), the refinery is capable of meeting local demand until 2020.
Qatar Petrochemical Company Ltd. (QAPCO)
QAPCO was established in 1974 as a joint multinational venture to utilize associated and non-associated ethane gas from petroleum production. The main products of the company are ethylene and low density polyethylene (LDPE). Solid sulfur is generated as a by-product in the process. Its manufacturing facilities consist of an ethylene plant with a designed capacity of 525,000 tons per annum (t/a), two LDPE plants with a total capacity of 360,000 t/a and a sulfur plant with a rated capacity of 70,000 t/a. QAPCO markets its products worldwide and serves about 4,000 customers in 35 countries.
Qatar Fertiliser Co. (QAFCO)
QAFCO is the only fertilizer producer in Qatar and has grown into a key player in the international fertilizer market. Total production capacity now is two million tons per annum (mt/a) of ammonia and 2.8 mt/a of urea, making it the world’s largest single site producer of urea.
Qatar Chemical Co. (Q-Chem)
Q-Chem is a joint venture between QP and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Its facility in Mesaieed Industrial City is a world-class integrated petrochemical plant capable of producing 36,000 t/a of sulfur, 500,000 t/a of ethylene, 453,000 t/a of high density polyethylenes (HDPE) and 47,000 t/a of 1-Hexene. Its products are exported worldwide from the existing port facilities in MIC.
Qatar Fuel Additives Co. (QAFAC)
A joint venture which began operation in 1999, QAFAC is designed to produce 918,000 t/a of methanol and 693,000 t/a of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).
Qatar Vinyl Co. (QVC)
QVC was established to produce intermediates in the PVC industry. In addition, QVC produces about 750,000 t/a of caustic soda liquid, a product widely used in various industrial applications such the manufacture of paper, soap, and detergents.
Qatar Steel Co. (Qatar Steel)
Qatar Steel Company QSC (Qatar Steel) is a Qatari Shareholding Company originally incorporated in 1974 as a joint venture between the State of Qatar, Kobe Steel and Tokyo Boeki. Qatar Steel began production in 1978 and was the first integrated steel production plant in the Gulf region. In 2003, Qatar Steel became a wholly owned affiliate of Industries of Qatar (IQ).
With the Phase 1 Expansion Project now completed and utilizing the latest production technology and equipment, the plant has production capacity of 1.8 mt/a of billets and 1.4 mt/a of bars. . Over the years, Qatar Steel has grown to be a leading supplier of high quality billets and bars in the region.
Qatar Steel also has a steel plant in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (UAE) with an annual production capacity of 280,000 tons of wire rod and 300,000 tons of bars.
Qatar Plastic Products Co. (QPPC)
QPPC produces heavy-duty plastic bags, sheets and other plastic products for industrial purposes from polyethylene produced in Qatar.
Qatar Lubricants Co. (QALCO)
QALCO is the first plant of its kind in the State of Qatar. It aims to cover the local demand for lubricants, exporting the excess to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen.
Qatar National Navigation & Transport Co. (QNNTC)
QNNTC offers ship repair and marine services. It is the largest company of its kind in Qatar.
Qatar Construction Co. (QCON)
An arm of the Qatar Shipping Co. (QShip), the major offshore and onshore construction company in Qatar, QCON serves the needs of the oil industry in Qatar and in the Middle East region.
Community Facilities & Services:
MIC master plan
MIC has created a master plan to guide the development of the community area of MIC. The Plan is currently being used for the expansion and development of the town.
A modern, high tech medical center has been operational in MIC since 2000, providing primary health care to the residents of Mesaieed. Studies are being carried out to meet the needs of Mesaieed’s population expansion.
Gabbro import facilities
As a national initiative, all aggregate for construction in Qatar has been changed from local limestone to imported gabbro. The infrastructure for the storage area and additional berths in the MIC port are being upgraded on a fast track basis. MIC also accommodates industries making use of gabbro aggregate, such as ready-mix concrete, pre-cast concrete, and asphalt plants. The land has been developed for this purpose and many of these plants are currently in operation.
Qatar Real Estate Investment Company has been appointed by QP to develop and operate worker accommodation in MIC. Three phases of the project are completed and operational. The full project accommodates approximately 9,000 workers from various local industries and contractors working in Mesaieed. A fourth phase is planned for construction by 2011 with additional capacity of 6,500.
QP central office complex
The QP central office complex, nearing completion in the town center, provides space for MIC’s offices as well as QP’s support services, refinery and operations departments.
Situated in the town center, adjacent to the new shopping complex, construction of the community park was recently completed. The park has recreation areas for adults and children, including gardens, amphitheatre, restaurants, a skate park, miniature golf, and shaded tables and seating. The park will be expanded in the future.
To enable other planned projects to proceed, MIC has initiated the upgrading and expansion of the infrastructure in Mesaieed. This includes the town center and residential areas, as well as the light and general industries areas. These projects, which include roads and utilities, are scheduled for phased completion by 2011.
MIC has planned for the increasing demand for housing in Mesaieed. Phase One of the development of the residential area will include infrastructure, housing, mosques, schools and parks. The first phase of the project is complete, with over 1,500 housing units. It meets the current needs of QP and joint venture employees.
MIC has recently initiated Phase Two of housing development due to additional demand. This phase will be similar to the first with full infrastructure and facilities and is scheduled for completion by late 2012. Phase Two includes over 5,000 housing units, schools, commercial area development and recreation facilities.
Qatar Petroleum schools in Mesaieed
In support of MIC’s concept of providing a fully serviced community, the Mesaieed International School premises will become operational in January 2010 providing kindergarten, primary and secondary education based on the British National Curriculum. Education facilities in MIC are being expanded to meet the needs of the culturally diverse community.
Mesaieed cultural center
MIC will develop the cultural center on the former Mesaieed Cinema site as a multi-purpose facility. The project will provide cinema, theater, conference and exhibition space for the community.
The need has been recognized for high-end, quality office space to support major industries in MIC, currently accommodated within the plant areas in the MIC Industrial Area. MIC is planning and designing a business park north of the community area for this purpose. The development will also result in a reduction of non-operational personnel in the MIC industrial area, reducing unnecessary risks. It will include a modular design with low density, high-quality landscaping and water features resulting in a pleasant work environment and a positive image to visitors.
Al Afjah Heritage Village
Located on the western outskirts of MIC, adjacent to the existing greenbelt, the Al Afjah Heritage Village is an historical site. It was the first development in Mesaieed, and remained occupied until the late 1970s. MIC is restoring the buildings using traditional construction methods and providing attractive landscaping and lighting. The work is currently in progress and is scheduled for completion soon.
The village will serve as the focal point within a planned desert park, nearly 2.5 square kilometers of natural terrain with facilities for hiking, biking, barbecuing, and camping. Other plans include water themed activities and animals.
Preserving the Environment
MIC has launched a comprehensive multi-phase plan to monitor, and develop schemes to protect the environment in Mesaieed, including the sea, land and air. In addition, MIC is responsible for waste management, recycling and disposal procedures taken to enhance Mesaieed’s environment. Some of the projects completed include:
- Installing and operating two new air quality monitoring stations
- Marine eco-surveys to monitor the quality of marine environment
- 45 groundwater-monitoring wells in Mesaieed's industrial and town areas
- An environmental laboratory to perform analysis of numerous environmental parameters
- A hazardous waste treatment center
- A new non-hazardous industrial landfill
- Scope of work for transportation and treatment of domestic wastewater.
For more information, please visit the Mesaieed Industrial City website.