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Shell and QP move on Qatar Ras Laffan Petrochemical project

QP and Shell Petrochemical project named Al-Karaana

Qatar Petroleum and Shell made significant decisions in November regarding their world-scale petrochemical complex in the Ras Laffan Industrial Zone in northern Qatar.

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.

The links between Shell and Qatar Petroleum were also reinforced last July by Qatar sovereign found, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) taking 5% stake in Shell.

In the Al-Karaana Petrochemical project, Shell and QP will have the respective working interests:

 QP 80%

 – Shell 20% is the operator

According to the conceptual study, the Al-Karaana Petrochemical Project should produce:

 – 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:

 – 1.5 million t/y of Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG)

 – 300,000 t/y of linear alpha olefins (LAO)

 – 250,000 t/y of oxo-alcohols (OXO)

 – Other olefin derivatives.

 – Offsites and Utilities

 – Project Management Services

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.

Since first quarter 2012, Shell and QP are working on the Front end engineering and design (FEED) of the Al-Karaana Petrochemical Project to be tendered in two phases.

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.

Shell Global Solutions awarded Foster Wheeler for a basic engineering package (BEP) covering the FEED work of what shall be one of the largest MEG production unit.

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.

In selecting Foster Wheeler, Shell and Qatar Petroleum expect to take advantage of the lessons learnt in Singapore for their Al-Karaana Petrochemical Project scheduled to come on stream in 2018.

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