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Gulf Times of Qatar: Foundation stone for Pearl GTL to be laid on Feb 22

Published: Thursday, 15 February, 2007, 08:52 AM Doha Time 
Business Reporter

DOHA: The foundation stone for the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant – Pearl GTL – will be laid at Ras Laffan on February 22.

Pearl GTL is a fully integrated gas to liquids project being developed by State of Qatar and Shell under a Development and Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA).

The Pearl GTL will produce some 140,000 barrels per day of GTL and 120,000bpd of condensate, liquefied petroleum gas and ethane in two trains. The production from the first GTL train is slated for 2010, with the start up of the second train scheduled a year later, Brown said. 

The fully integrated upstream/downstream Pearl GTL project covers all aspects of the value chain, from the reservoir in the North Field to the marketing of products.

Shell’s country chairman Andrew Brown fad earlier told Gulf Times that delivery of large equipment required for the multi-billion dollar Pearl GTL project at Ras Laffan would begin later this year.

Shell is building a Material Operating Facility (MOF) at Ras Laffan to handle about 3.5mn freight tonnes of equipment and materials needed for the Qatar’s second gas-to-liquids project, he said.

“We are setting up the facility on behalf of Ras Laffan Industrial City. And there has been a good progress on that. This will allow us to bring material directly to Ras Laffan and avoid transportation by road. Besides saving time, it will also be a safer process,” Brown pointed out.

RasGas and Qatargas among others would also be able to use the material operating facility, he had said.

In terms of procurement, Brown said, most of the large equipment has already been ordered. The orders for piping materials have also been placed.

Contracts worth over $10bn have been placed around the world for equipment relating to the Pearl GTL project, Brown said.

“Work is now going on at eight different locations worldwide. And site preparation works at Ras Laffan were already on,” Brown said.

He said Pearl GTL was one of the largest equity investments Shell had ever made.
“It shows our commitment to Qatar and the GTL technology,” Brown said.

Shell’s first GTL plant at Bintulu in Malaysia is making profits. However, the Malaysian plant with a capacity of 14,700bpd is small when compared to Pearl GTL. 

Meanwhile, a Reuters’ dispatch here yesterday said the Swiss engineering firm Sulzer has won a large contract from Qatar Shell GTL Ltd to design and provide gas equipment to the Pearl GTL plant at the Ras Laffan Industrial City. 

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