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Emir inaugurates melamine plant.

DOHA The Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani formally inaugurated the $350-million Qatar Melamine Company (QMC), in Mesaieed on Tuesday.

With a capacity to produce 60,000 metric tonnes of melamine, QMC is the largest melamine facility in the Middle East and the second largest in the world capable of supplying 5 percent of the entire world's melamine demand.

The inauguration of the melamine plant marks the debut of a new potentially beneficial industry in Qatar that will enable the country to avail itself of the comparative advantage it enjoys in terms of abundance of feedstock and competitive energy supplies.

Produced mainly in Europe, North-East Asia, Asia-Pacific and North America, melamine is a versatile substance with a highly stable structure that can be easily moulded while warm.

This feature makes it ideally suited to certain industrial applications.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah in a statement said, the inauguration of QMC plant is an important addition to the industrial sector in Qatar and a step forward towards achieving the goals of Qatar's long-term strategy of diversification.

"Part of Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO's) long-term strategy has been to build an over-capacity of high-quality urea to eventually provide feedstock for Qatar Melamine Company.

All this combined with efficient energy use and QAFCO's direct control will generate tremendous value for Qatar's exports as a whole.

In addition, it is a matter of national pride that Qatar Melamine Company is now the largest single producer of melamine in the region," Attiyah said.

The Deputy PM further said that Qatar Melamine Company adds yet another venture to Qatar's export portfolio and that the QMC would prove to be a valuable part of Qatar's industrial sector for many decades to come.

QAFCO Managing Director, Khalifa Abdullah al Sowaidi, said the melamine plant would play its role in supporting the economy, besides bringing an added value to Qatar's production of natural gas and increasing QAFCO's profits.

He said this project would create job opportunities for Qatari youths and its production will help in the development of downstream industries.

"The melamine produced can be consumed and put to use locally as well as exported throughout the region.

This will reinforce the gross domestic product (GDP) and contribute to growth of Qatar's economy," al Sowaidi added.

"The melamine project will use QAFCO's high-quality urea as a feedstock.

So as part of the Melamine Project, the existing Urea-1 plant has already been revamped using technology from Urea Casale/Switzerland to provide the melamine plant with the required urea," al Sowaidi said.

In a recorded statement for the occasion, QAFCO Chairman Abdullah Hussein Salatt said, "The foundation stone for the melamine plant was laid in April 2008, with the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) going to the Italian firm Eurotecnica, which has integrated its proprietary high-pressure melamine process into the plant for maximum operational efficiency.

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