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Shell reports initiation of construction at Pearl GTL plant

Fri. February 06, 2009; Posted: 07:04 AM 

Feb 06, 2009 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) — RDS/A | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating — Royal Dutch Shell and its project partner Qatar Petroleum have initiated construction of the Pearl gas-to-liquids plant at the Ras Laffan industrial zone, 90km from Doha, Qatar to produce cleaner transport fuels and lubricants. 

The Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which is claimed to be the world’s largest such project, is expected to process about three billion barrels of oil equivalent over its lifetime from the non-associated gas field, the North Field, which stretches from Qatar’s coast out into the Gulf.

Shell has said that the North Field contains more than 900 trillion cubic feet of gas, about 15% of world wide gas resources.

Pearl GTL will produce cleaner-burning diesel and kerosene, base oils for top-tier lubricants, a chemical feedstock called naphtha, which is used to make plastics, and normal paraffin, which is used to produce detergents.

The plant is expected to produce enough fuel to fill over 160,000 cars every day and enough synthetic base oil each year to make lubricants for more than 225 million cars.


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