DOHA: As part of its efforts to meet the world’s growing demand for clean energy as well as to optimise energy use while minimising energy wastage, Qatar Petroleum (QP) has launched the Jetty Boil-off Gas Recovery (JBOG) Project at a cost of QR2.9bn.
QP, in a press statement yesterday, said that this energy-saving environmental project is led by Qatargas with an aim to recover gas currently being flared during liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship loading at Ras Laffan Port.
It is going to be an important constituent of the common facilities projects at Ras Laffan Industrial City, as it will recover and collect boiled-off gas from LNG ships during loading and the gas will then be compressed at a central facility. The development of the JBOG Project was initiated by QP in 2004.
The project, when fully operational, will recover the equivalent of about 0.6 million (600,000) tonnes of LNG per year, which is sufficient natural gas to power more than 300,000 homes. This utilisation will result in a saving of approximately one trillion cubic feet of gas over a period of 30 years.
H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, hailed the project as one of the biggest environmental investments for LNG boil-off recovery in the world. Dr Al Sada said: “With a capital outlay of $800m, JBOG is set to become a landmark project for the State of Qatar, underlining its strong commitment to protecting the environment.”
The minister said this commitment is guided by the leadership of the Emir,
H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as proclaimed in Qatar’s National Vision and National Development Strategy. “The huge investment in JBOG by QP and its partners will reduce the carbon footprint of the 77 million metric tonne per annum of LNG production facilities to the minimum, immensely contributing to the achievement of our goals,” he said.
The compressed gas obtained from the project will be utilised by organisations like Qatargas and RasGas either as feedstock to LNG trains or as fuel gas.
Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, CEO of Qatargas, said: “We are very pleased that Qatargas is able to lead this project on behalf of all the LNG producers at Ras Laffan Industrial City. Qatargas, QP, and RasGas are all focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use so that we can reduce the wastage of gas to the lowest levels possible to meet or beat international standards. This project will contribute greatly to truly making LNG a clean fuel for the world.”
The Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of the JBOG project was awarded to the US-based company Fluor in October 2007. The FEED was completed by the end of 2008. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract for the project was then awarded also to Fluor in February 2010. Qatargas awarded the contract on behalf of the owners of the project: the four Qatargas (QG 1, 2, 3 & 4) and three RasGas (RL1, 2 & 3) companies that own the 14 LNG trains at Ras Laffan. The major sub-contractors on the project are Qatar Engineering & Construction Company (Qcon), Qatar Kentz, Medgulf, Teyseer, Draieh, Shaqab Abela and G4S. The Peninsula