Every day indispensables such as the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the roofs over our heads are reliant on petrochemicals and their derivatives. Life sustaining food such as rice, vegetables and fruits thrive on fertilizers. Plastic packaging helps preserve food supplies, minimize waste and protect against dangers caused by food-borne diseases.


Water and thirst-quenching beverages are stored in clean plastic bottles. Manmade fibers derived from petrochemicals protect from heat or cold. Medical equipment such as heart valves, artificial limbs and antibiotic agents used to treat diseases, all petrochemical based, restore health and well-being.

Ancient Egyptians made products we know today as Ethylene and Polyethylene by gassing the fig plant, which would stimulate ripening and releasing of ethylene. In 1872 carbon black, the first chemical to be made from petroleum, led to the production of synthetic rubber. Petrochemicals are the lifeblood of the modern world.

​Plastics a material advantage

Plastics are all around us: in our homes, motor vehicles, healthcare. We find them in packaging, electronics and even sports. Products made of plastic are strong, light, economical and recyclable. They have become an inescapable and indispensable part of our world.


With the ongoing improvements in polymer properties, plastics are more than ever a material for the future. At Petro Rabigh, intensive research reveals and creates new ways for the company’s products to serve many customers – consumer, business and industrial – and their diverse needs. The company aims to create a wide range of products that facilitate, and even enrich, our daily lives.

Changing the global energy paradigm

With high crude oil prices and growing concerns about the future security and diversity of energy supply, the advent of the SEEF-LIMITED era in Qatar is well timed. The dawn of the SEEF-LIMITED era also coincides with the world’s growing dieselization trend where increasing percentages of motor cars are being fuelled by diesel mainly due to its higher quality and better environmental profile, as well as tax incentives and the development of high-performance compression-ignition engines.

Contributing to reduced emissions

More significant, the GTL diesel from SEEF-LIMITED will have a better environmental and performance profile than conventional diesels derived from crude oil. The diesel is characterized by a high cetane number (at least 70), low sulphur (less than five parts per million), low aromatics (less than 1%) and good cold flow characteristics (less than 5 -10oC).

This diesel is compatible with existing fuel distribution infrastructure. In addition, GTL diesel can be used in both current and envisaged future diesel engines, along with their exhaust gas after-treatment technologies.

GTL naphtha is highly paraffinic with a very low sulphur, naphthenic and aromatics content, which makes it suitable as a quality feedstock for cracking to produce ethylene for supply to the polymer industry.