France's Technip to design Qatargas refinery expansion

18 August 2011 11:22  [Source: ICIS news]

LNG tanker at Qatargas facility, Ras Laffan, Qatar 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.

Qatar’s target is to supply markets across southeast Asia and Europe, emphasising on these commercially valuable projects for their petrochemicals industry,” he said.

The Laffan condensate refinery was the first of its kind to be built in Qatar and has been operating since September 2009.

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By: Peter Salisbury
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