13 June 2011 09:34 [Source: ICIS news]
By Nurluqman Suratman
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell and Qatar Petroleum said on Monday they have sold the first commercial shipment of gas-to-liquid (GTL) gasoil produced from their joint venture Pearl GTL plant at Ras Laffan in ?xml:namespace>
“The sale marks the start of production of GTL products when the State of Qatar and Shell, the operator of the Pearl GTL plant, begin to receive revenue from the project,” the two companies said in a joint statement.
No further details of the gasoil sale were immediately available.
Production will be ramped up at the Pearl GTL plant’s first production unit, or “train”, the statement said.
“The second train is expected to start up before the end of 2011. The [GTL] plant is expected to reach full production capacity by the middle of 2012,” the statement said.
Once fully operational, the Pearl GTL plant is expected to produce 1.6bn cubic feet of gas per day, according to the statement.
The gas will be processed to deliver an expected 120,000 bbl/day of condensate, liquefied natural gas (LPG) and ethane and an expected 140,000 bbl/day of GTL products, it said.
The GTL plant is expected to produce products such as kerosene, gasoil, base oils, n-paraffin as well as naphtha, according to the statement.
Besides the Pearl GTL project, Shell and Qatar Petroleum are building a world-scale mixed feed cracker and petrochemicals complex, also located at Ras Laffan. The cracker, which is expected to start up in 2016-17, will likely use ethane feedstock produced from the GTL plant.
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