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UpstreamOnline: MAN adds to Pearl’s lustre

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The turbomachines division of German industrial group MAN has landed an order to supply key components for the construction of the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar, the company said today.

MAN did not give a value for the contract but said it was the division’s largest-ever order.

The Qatari GTL project is being built by Shell, which decided last month to go ahead with the development.

It comprises eight turbomachinery trains for use in the air separation systems and six reactors for the Fischer-Tropsch process, a catalysed chemical reaction that forms part of the process used to turn carbon monoxide and hydrogen into fuel.

“With a daily capacity of 140,000 barrels, the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar will be the largest oxygen-blown industrial facility in the world, in which natural gas is converted to high quality synthetic, sulphur-free fuel,” MAN said in a statement.

A MAN spokesman declined to say how much the contract was worth, saying only that the order was clearly higher than its previous record order of €80 million ($102 million).

Before the Peal GTL job, MAN had so far this year collected overall orders of €150 million in the area of GTL and Biomass-to-Liquid projects, he added.

German industrial gases group Linde placed the order for the eight turbomachinery trains, MAN added.

As well as Pearl, MAN has also delivered turbomachinery units for air separation plants for the Oryx GTL plant in Qatar and the Escravos GTL plant in Nigeria, each of which have a daily capacity of 34,000 barrels.

Meanwhile, Shell has awarded Honeywell the contract to design and implement the integrated process automation and control system for the Pearl GTL plant.

The financial details of the contract were not made public.

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