Laffan Refinery 2 to be operational by Q3, 2016: QP

This facility will be able to process an additional 146,000 b/sd, thereby increasing Laffan Refinery's total processing capacity to 292,000 b/ld.

03 November 2015
DOHA: Laffan Refinery 2 (LR2) is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of next year. This facility will be able to process an additional 146,000 b/sd (barrels per stream day), thereby increasing Laffan Refinery's total processing capacity to 292,000 b/ld.

The shareholders of LR2 are QP (84 percent), Total (10 percent), Idemitsu (2.0 percent), Cosmo (2.0 percent), Mitsui (1.0 percent) and Marubeni (1.0 percent). Laffan Refinery 1 (LR1), Qatar's first condensate refinery, commenced production in September 2009.

According to QP's annual report, total export of QP refineries' refined products amounted to 1,213.057 metric tonnes against the planned export volume of 1,084,000 metric tonnes in 2014. The major international customers of the company's products are Marubeni, PetroChina, Bakri, Vitol, Shell and Totsa.

During 2014, GCC countries were the major destinations for gasoline, decanted oil (DCO) and straight run fuel oil (SRFO), while naphtha was exported to petrochemical plants in Japan.

QP's annual report noted Oryx GTL will continue to focus on optimising stability of the plant and increasing the average production volumes, in 2015, while controlling and reducing the unit cost. The company will continue to study and implement business opportunities that add value to its shareholders and contribute towards the strategic objectives of the state of Qatar as set out in Qatar National vision 2030.

QP's future plans and investments in the petroleum and infrastructure sector include strategic storage tanks for Qatar (2015-2030) that is, establishing storage facilties for petroleum products in Qatar in two phases in order to meet the demand that arises during disruptions in the normal supply of petroleum products.

The future projects also include the launch of a gas supply facility to a new power station in Al Wakrah (facility D-phase 1), which is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017; phase 2 is currently in the feasibility study stage. Another key project-establishment of pipelines and CNG/L-CNG stations is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Water Alternating Gas (WAG) injection Pilot Project at Jaleha, Dukhan, one of the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes being implemented for the Dukhan oil field; a CO2 pipeline from RLIC to Jaleha and a Pilot Production Facility (PPF) at Jaleha, will come on-stream by the third quarter of 2019. Another key project re-development of Bul Hanine (BH) Fields and Development of Onshore gas Processing Facilities at Mesaieed-currently in pre -FEED stage; is expected to be completed in December 2022.

On onshore fields in Dukhan, the QP report noted during 2014, a total of 25 wells were drilled and 69 wells were worked-over in order to enhance production and address well integrity issues. Two additional drilling rigs were approved in order to support further development and work-over requirements.

Well integrity examinations continued during 2014 covering a total of 124 wells, which resulted in identifying 32 wells for work-overs. Two dedicated rigs were used to manage the well integrity work-over. 

The programme has been extended until 2015 in order to ensure safe well operations.

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