• Saipem Huyndai Mesaieed QAFCO Fertilizer 5 & 6 urea expansion project
    Saipem Huyndai Mesaieed QAFCO Fertilizer 5 & 6 urea expansion project

Urea Plant Mesaieed QAFCO


Urea Plant Mesaieed QAFCO-VI for Saipem and Hyundai's join venture


Mesaieed plant is with its six sister trains make the Qatar Fertiliser Company the largest single-site producer of ammonia and urea in the world. EPC contract for QAFCO-VI expansion project was signed between QAFCO and a Saipem and Hyundai’s join venture. A complete urea plant, with a design capacity of 3,800 MTPD of urea, including a granulator unit with a design capacity of 3850 MTPD. A Complete urea granules storage with capacity of 175,000 metric tonnes and handling material system with capacity of 1,000 MTPH of urea granules.


Additional seawater cooling cells, steam and power generation facilities in addition to the ones already in the QAFCO-5 plant. Thus far, QAFCO has become the world’s largest single site urea producer after the inauguration of its 4th expansion of QAFCO-4 in April 2004 while QAFCO-6 project will increase the company’s annual production capacity of urea to 5.6 million metric tonnes.


Qatar Fertiliser Company is a major manufacturer and supplier of urea and ammonia in Qatar and international markets. The company produces a range of products including anhydrous ammonia, urea formaldehyde and prilled/granular urea. The company, which is based in Mesaieed Industrial City in Qatar, was founded in 1969 as a joint venture between the Qatari Government and foreign investors and has set up four urea and ammonia production facilities over the past 35 years including Qafco-1 (1973), Qafco-II (1979), Qafco-III (1997), Qafco-IV (2004) and Qafco-V (2010). These facilities form the Qafco complex and are four completely integrated trains, each of which consists of an ammonia plant and a urea plant.


The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Qafco-V was awarded to a consortium of Snamprogetti of Italy and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company of South Korea in November 2007. Uhde GmbH was the front-end engineering and design (FEED) consultant for the process plants and Chicago Bridge and Iron was the FEED consultant for the off-sites and utilities. As part of the Qafco-V project a co-generation power plant is also being constructed by GE-Oil and Gas.