18 August 2011 11:22 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Paris-based Technip has won the contract to design a capacity-doubling expansion of Qatargas’s Laffan condensate refinery, the Qatari state energy company said on Thursday.
Under the front-end engineering and design contract, Technip will design facilities to boost the refinery’s capacity to 292,000 bbl/day from the current 146,000 bbl/day. Neither the client nor the contractor would comment on the value of the deal.
The design contract is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of next year and Qatargas expects to award the engineering, procurement and construction contract to build the facilities by the end of the third quarter of 2012.
When the expansion project is completed in 2016, it will end the small gas-rich emitate’s dependence on imported fuels and allow it to start exporting naphtha, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and kerosene, said Qatargas CEO Khalid Bin Khalifa al-Thani.
The Laffan condensate refinery was the first of its kind to be built in
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