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Bloomberg: Qatar’s First Gas-to-Liquids Plant Delayed, Oil Daily Reports

By Dinakar Sethuraman

April 3 (Bloomberg) — Oryx GTL, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and South Africa’s Sasol Ltd., has postponed the first inaugural shipment from Qatar’s first gas-to-liquids plant, the International Oil Daily said, citing Mohamed Mushiri, commercial manager for Oryx.

Oryx was scheduled to send 30,000 tons of fuel that contain virtually no sulfur by the end of the first quarter, the report said. The first cargo will probably leave the plant later this month, the Oil Daily said without specifying a date.

Constraints in shipping and coordinating berth space at the port of Ras Laffan led to delays, the report said.

Synthetic diesel from the plant will be sent to Europe and the naphtha will go to Japan and Asia, the report said. The 34,000 barrels-a-day Oryx plant costs $1 billion, lower than the current market price for such a facility, the report said.

(International Oil Daily, 03-04)

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