Qatar Petroleum is set to establish a new petrochemicals complex at Ras Laffan Industrial City and has invited proposals from international companies for partnering with it in the development and operation of the plant.
The petrochemicals complex will include the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East, which will have a capacity of more than 1.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of ethylene.
It will also include derivative plants, which are expected to consolidate Qatar’s position among the leading petrochemicals producers in the world markets.
The engineering design of the complex is expected to commence shortly, leading to a planned start-up in 2025.
Feedstock for the complex will be ethane produced primarily from the new North Field LNG expansion project that will produce an additional 23mtpa of LNG, as well as from existing gas projects producing ethane.
Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “This development is a first step towards the launch of a new world-scale Petrochemicals Complex at Ras Laffan, marking another important milestone for Qatar Petroleum.
“Petrochemicals represent a major pillar of our growth strategy to achieve our vision of becoming one of the best national oil companies in the world. This project will complement our efforts to implement our strategy, and will enable Qatar Petroleum to further expand its footprint in the global petrochemicals markets.”
Earlier in May 2018, Qatar Petroleum awarded a detailed design contract to McDermott for the offshore jackets for the new North Field expansion project.
The detailed design of the jackets is an important step towards awarding the procurement, fabrication and installation (EPCI) contract, which will pave the way to commence the drilling campaign in 2019.
Qatargas, which has been entrusted with executing the mega-project on behalf of Qatar Petroleum, will commence the ‘detailed engineering’ with McDermott for the offshore jackets in addition to the Onshore Feed with Chiyoda.
Al-Kaabi said: “This is yet another milestone on the road to implementing one of the most ambitious gas projects in the southern sector of the North Field, and starting the first LNG production from the new LNG mega train by the end of 2023, thereby increasing our LNG production capacity from 77 of 100 mtpa.”