QP and Shell Petrochemical project named Al-Karaana
The Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada and Ben Van Beurden, Shell Chemicals Executive Vice President, during a meeting in Doha, Qatar, decided to name Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Project their common project to build a giant olefin and derivatives plant in Ras Laffan.
Al-Karaana name refers to one of the oldest city in southern Qatar and pleased both parties as to reflect Shell and Qatar Petroleum intentions to embed their cooperation in Qatar history and long term perspective.
– QP 80%
– Shell 20% is the operator
– 1.1 million t/y of ethylene
– 170,000 t/y of propylene
These chemical building blocks should then provide the feedstock to supply polyolefin production units:
– 300,000 t/y of linear alpha olefins (LAO)
– 250,000 t/y of oxo-alcohols (OXO)
– Other olefin derivatives.
– Offsites and Utilities
The MEG production will come from two trains of 750,000 t/y capacity each using Shell’s proprietary OMEGA (Only MEG Advantaged) technology.
For the linear alpha olefins (LAO), Shell selected its proprietary SHOP (Shell Higher Olefin Process) license.
Regarding the OXO facility, Shell made a deal with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation on its T-OXO technology.
Shell and QP select Foster Wheeler for MEG Facility
In September 2012, Shell and Qatar Petroleum made a significant move on the FEED of the project in selecting Foster Wheeler Global Engineering and Construction (Foster Wheeler) for the Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) facility.
This first package is strategic as the MEG production unit is the most important of the Al-Karaana Petrochemical Project with 1.5 million t/y capacity and it occupies a central position in the whole olefin chain.
Using polyethylene as main feedstock, MEG is itself the primary raw material for manufacturing Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) commonly used for the production of films, polyester fibers, automotive engine coolants, aircraft de-icers and industrial solvents.
This decision came in reference to the previous project of Shell‘s OMEGA-based MEG plant on Jurong Island in Singapore.
Officially opened on 11 December 2009, Foster Wheeler performed the FEED and the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract.
To that date, this Shell‘s MEG facility in Singapore was the largest in the world using the same process as selected for Qatar.